DCHHS Urges Parents to get Early Back-to-School Immunizations

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DALLAS – 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 six (6) clinics open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Clinic Locations
Dallas
2377 N. Stemmons Frwy. Room 159
3312 N. Buckner Blvd. Suite 200
1113 E. Jefferson Blvd. Suite 200
8202 Spring Valley Rd. Suite 200 (corner of Waterfall Way and Spring Valley)
Farmers Branch
2774 Valwood Pkwy.
Irving
440 S. Nursery Rd.

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

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

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 from another institution
  • a returning student who previously attended an institution of higher education before January 1, 2012 who is now enrolling in the same or another institution of higher education 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.