Release Date: July 26, 2010
Contact: Christine Patmon, Metro Health Public Relations Manager, 207-8638
Four Weeks Left to Get Back-to-School Immunizations
Metro Health reminds parents to protect their children, including college freshmen
San Antonio’s public health team is reminding parents to make vaccinations a top priority in their back-to-school preparations. Current immunization records are required, per State law, for children attending private, public or charter schools. Youngsters enrolled in a child-care facility, early childhood program, or pre-kindergarten program also must meet Texas’ immunization requirements. This year, some incoming college freshmen are required to have a specific vaccination as well.
“Immunizations create a shield of protection on school campuses and in the community. Given recent outbreaks of mumps and whooping cough across the nation, it is critically important that parents ensure their children are protected against these diseases. They should also check their own records to take care of any missing vaccinations,” said Director of Health Dr. Fernando Guerra.
Parents of students entering kindergarten along with those who will be in 1st, 7th, and 8th grade should ensure their children are up to date on all of their vaccinations and pay particular attention to the following requirements:
2 doses of hepatitis A for students entering K – 1st grade
2 doses of varicella for students entering K – 1st and 7th – 8th grade
1 booster dose of tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) for students entering 7th
grade, if at least 5 years have passed since the last dose of tetanus/diphtheria
1 dose of meningococcal for students entering 7th – 8th grade
In addition, first-time college students who will be living on campus within the state are required to have proof of the meningococcal vaccine, which protects against bacterial meningitis.
Metro Health encourages students to see their primary care physician so they can have an annual well-child checkup when they receive their vaccinations. Below are tips to follow for an appointment:
Take the most recent shot record
Have proof of Medicaid or CHIP enrollment, cash, or insurance information
Bring a letter from the school nurse, if you received one
Tell the physician or medical clinic about all medical conditions or illnesses affecting your child
Inform the physician or medical clinic of any reaction to medications, food, or any vaccine your child has experienced
Ask about the Tdap, meningococcal and HPV vaccines for college-bound students
Metro Health clinics are available to assist families who are unable to schedule an appointment with a physician. Individuals should call the Immunization Division at
207-8894 to make an appointment as soon as possible.
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