Immunizations are Key to Keeping Our Children Safe

Immunizations are Key to Keeping Our Children Safe

by Susan Neuhalfen

With the new school year quickly approaching, it is important to keep our children up to date on their shots. According to Sarah McKinney with Denton County Public Health, this is the perfect time to get them immunized.

“Right now, before you take them on vacation and before school starts, is the best time,” said McKinney, the Denton County Public Health Immunization Program Coordinator. “There is such a high volume of people trying to get their immunization shots in late August that the system really backs up.”

Parents are inundated with information both when school ends and when school starts, so if you’re not sure what shots your child needs for the upcoming year, visit www.dentoncounty.com/health and go to the immunizations tab. Once you scroll down the page, there is a link for Texas School Vaccine Requirements as well as Texas Child Care Vaccine Requirements.

For those without insurance, the Denton County Public Health offers free or low-cost vaccines for kids. To qualify, the children are either uninsured, underinsured or enrolled in CHIP  or Children’s Medicaid). They don’t need an appointment though both the Denton and Lewisville clinics have set hours that are listed online. A parent or guardian must accompany children under 18.

Juan Rodriguez, Assistant Director and Chief Epidemiologist for Denton County Public Health emphasized how important it is to keep children on an immunization schedule to keep them from getting sick.

“When people become complacent, diseases have a resurgence,” said Rodriguez. “Immunizations are very effective and very easy to do.”

The best thing, according to Rodriguez, is to stay on schedule and keep good records.

Denton County Public Health also offers vaccines for those who travel outside the country. Vaccines such as Typhoid, Hep A, and Yellow Fever as well as TB skin tests for a cash price. They are available to Denton County residents, regardless of insurance coverage.


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