Contact: Carol Schliesinger, Public Relations Manager 210-207-8172
SAN ANTONIO (June 15, 2017) – When it comes to back-to-school, vaccines have long been a parent-dreaded task. This summer, instead of waiting for hours in line, the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) is helping by bringing the vaccines where the children are.
In partnership with the Parks and Recreation Summer Youth Program, Metro Health will visit sites throughout June and July and vaccinate kids who are in need of vaccines before they start school. This effort will assist parents by not having to battle the back-to-school crowds.
“We are pleased that we can come to the children and save parents from headaches come school time,” said Dr. Anita Kurian. “Summer is a great time to catch up on vaccinations, we, however, urge all parents to think about vaccines, not as a tool for school admission, but rather as an important step in staying healthy.”
Children between 11-12 years old are required to get their booster vaccinations before being allowed to start school. Metro Health will be offering the required vaccinations, including Tdap, which protects against Tetanus, Diphteria and Pertussis; as well as the HPV vaccine to guard against the Human Papilloma Virus; and the meningitis vaccine.
Parents will be able to choose which vaccines they want their children to receive. However, the Tdap and Meningitis vaccines are required for school entry. The vaccines will be offered at no-cost to the children and their families.