Clinics crushed by families still needing back to school shots

Clinics crushed by families still needing back to school shots

It happens every year and this one is no exception.  Schools are missing some of their students thanks to a backlog of people needing state-mandated immunizations.

In Tyler the NETHealth offices were packed all day.  By 9:00am the clinic was full to the point of having to turn people away.

Nurses there can handle approximately 100 children between 9:00am and 4:00pm.  Most of those children are getting several shots at once.

"And that's to help protect those children. Going back to school they're in close proximity of children and diseases can spread really easily and rapidly," NETHealth's Stephanie Taylor said. "We fill up very fast. At 9:00am, they had already cut off the fifty for this morning because that's all they can see."

Children under ten are accepted only with CHIP, Medicaid or without insurance. Children ten and over are accepted with most insurance.

Most importantly,  make sure you take your shot records.


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