Angelina County prepares for back-to-school immunizations rush

Angelina County prepares for back-to-school immunizations rush
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - It's back-to-school season, which means it's also time for that sometimes dreaded visit to the clinic for shots.

And the Women's Care Preventive Health Center together with the Angelina County Health District is making sure students have this one school supply needed to be first-day ready.

"Pre-K, Kindergarteners, and 7th graders are going to be required to have their immunizations updated according to the Texas Minimum State Requirements," said Sarah Adams, the public health and infectious disease director.

And for 7th graders, the list of required shots is a little longer, with 7th graders in Lufkin ISD also needing a TB test.

"They're going to need an updated meningitis, TDAP, a number two Varicella or as the public calls it, the chicken pox shot," Adams said.

For 17-year-old Kelvin James and his mother Sandra, the search for a clinic was a long one since they don't qualify for the immunization in their county.

"They don't give the shots because they save them for Medicare and Medicaid, so we had to come 45 minutes away to Angelina here in Lufkin to get it," said Sandra James.

A trip they say was worth it.

"I'm just glad we had a place to come and get it because he will start going to Angelina College," James said.

And while students still have about two weeks left of summer fun, health officials say don't put off the immunizations.

"Come now, avoid the rush! We're already in that back-to-school mode, but right now the wait is not too bad. If you wait until the week before school starts, there will be a long wait," Adams said.

For those who need to get updated immunizations, the parents of children 18 and under are asked to have their child's immunization records on-hand to make the process run smoother.

The Women's Care Preventive Health Center's immunization hours are Monday though Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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