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Final Push to Get Back-to-School Immunizations



    Lined Up for Immunizations in Dallas County

    It's the final push to get back-to-school immunizations as thousands of North Texas children return to class. Parents lined up early Friday to get their children required immunizations. (Published Friday, Aug. 22, 2014)

    Many students across North Texas will be back in school on Monday, so many parents are rushing to make their students are ready for class.

    One mandatory thing students need before they head back is up-to-date immunizations. The Dallas County Health & Human Services was very busy on Friday.

    There was a long line of parents and their children outside the health department before it opened Friday morning.

    "Well it's pretty typical," said DCHHS spokesperson Erikka Neroes. "We expect we can get these taken care of and get them on their way so they can get back in school."

    Final Push for Immunizations

    [DFW] Final Push for Immunizations
    It's the last big push to make sure children are vaccinated before they return to the classroom.
    (Published Friday, Aug. 22, 2014)

    They tried to move the families inside as quickly as they could once the doors opened, but still some did not like waiting in the heat.

    "No, no, no, you see me, fanning myself," said parent Sharon Grant.

    Parents are asked to make sure they have the right records, so the lines can move quicker.

    "They need to bring their immunization records, so that we make sure they are getting the right vaccines that they need to be caught up on," explained Neroes.

    But even though waiting in line was not fun, all the parents we spoke with say it is worth it.

    "They are very important because kids get sick and other people get infected," said Grant. "It's just mandatory."

    There are six clinics in Dallas County where parents can take their children to get their vaccines.

    Friday is the last day for walk-in patients and Dallas County's six health clinics are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Tarrant County Public Health Centers are open for immunizations from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

    There are nine required immunizations, including measles, whooping cough and hepatitis.

    Dallas parents can call (972) 925- 5437 (KIDS) for any questions or concerns about their child's immunization records.