Avoid the Back-to-School Rush, Get Immunizations Now

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DALLAS (July 7, 2014) – Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is urging parents to bring their children in early to get immunizations before the back-to-school rush. DCHHS has five clinics open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We know from previous years the lines are much longer as we get closer to school starting,” said Zachary Thompson, DCHHS director. “That’s why we’re encouraging parents to bring their children in now for their vaccinations.”

Flu_Shot_1Clinic locations are: 2377 N. Stemmons Frwy. Room 159 in Dallas; 3312 N. Buckner Blvd. Suite 200 in Dallas; 1113 E. Jefferson Blvd. Suite 200 in Dallas; 440 S. Nursery Rd. in Irving; 2774 Valwood Pkwy. in Farmers Branch.

Appointments aren’t necessary. The cost for immunizations is $10 for the child’s first visit and $5 for returning patients. Waivers are given to families in need.

College students are also able to get the state required meningitis vaccine at DCHHS clinics. Without the vaccine, they cannot enter college. Those students include anyone who is:

  • a first-time student of a public, private or independent institution of higher education
  • a transfer student
  • a student who previously attended an institution of higher education before January 1, 2012 who is now enrolling again following a break in enrollment of at least one fall or spring semester

Dr. Christopher Perkins, DCHHS medical director/health authority, recommends getting vaccinations whenever they are due in order to maintain up-to-date immunization records.

“Vaccinations are proven to reduce childhood diseases and suffering,” he said. “Therefore, everyone should maintain their child’s immunization schedule.”

More information about vaccinations is available on the DCHHS website: www.dallascounty.org/hhs.