DALLAS COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – Believe it or not, students will be returning to class at the end of next month. So, health officials in Dallas County are already urging parents to make sure their children have all their vaccinations.
Free vaccinations will be provided at the Antioch Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday, July 20. Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) director Zach Thompson said it's an opportunity parents should take advantage of. "This is to ensure that there are no excuses for parents not to get their children's immunization records up to date."
Each year dozens of Dallas County schoolchildren are not permitted to attend because they do not have all their mandated shots. If children haven't met the health requirements by the first day of class they end up spending hours at the health department.
"This is a way to make sure that we get our kids immunized early," Thompson said. "They don't have to stand, stand in the heat, and miss a day of school. Because kids should be in school on the first day, not standing in line to get immunization shots."
Even if parents don't wait until the start, Thompson wants to remind them that the longer they wait to get the vaccinations, the longer the lines. "If you wait until two weeks or three weeks before school starts there are going to be long lines. We were averaging 300 children per day and up as we got closer to school beginning."
Thompson reminded that having children immunized before attending school is state law. "We're encouraging parents now to get their children immunized, before school starts," he said. "Beat the back to school rush."
The free immunization clinic will be held Saturday, July 20, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at -
Antioch Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church
7550 South Hampton Road
Dallas, Texas 75232