Hundreds Line Up for Last-Minute Vaccinations

By Greg Janda and Ashanti Blaize
|  Monday, Aug 22, 2011  |  Updated 3:55 PM CDT
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Hundreds of Dallas County residents lined up to get their students vaccinated at the last minute.

Ashanti Blaize, NBCDFW

Hundreds of Dallas County residents lined up to get their students vaccinated at the last minute.

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Hundreds of Dallas County residents stood in line to make sure their students were vaccinated as school begins.

Students returning to school in Texas are required to be vaccination against many communicable diseases.

Still, even with a whole summer to make sure their students were protected, many parents were waiting in line for hours.

The mad dash and the long wait for shots could have been prevented.

"If you had came in May, we're looking at 30 minutes. Right now, you're talking hours," said Zach Thomas, Director of Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services.

Some parents we spoke to had reasons for procrastinating, but as the line grew to around 200 people at noon, it seems many won't play the waiting game again.

"We don't have a vaccine shortage, we don't have new requirements, therefore, there's no excuses," Thomas said.

For more information on the required vaccinations and to find a Dallas clinic, visit the Health and Human Services website here.

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