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Monday, August 11, 2014 - 4:58pm
El Paso, TX — Back-to-school season is here. Time for parents to gather supplies and back packs. It’s also the perfect time to make sure your kids are up to date on their vaccines.
To celebrate the importance of immunizations throughout life – and make sure children are protected wall the vaccines they need – Immunize El Paso is proudly participating in National Immunization Awareness Month.
Failure to comply with Texas vaccination requirements may result in a child being denied entry into school.
Throughout the month of August, Immunize El Paso will be canvassing every corner of El Paso County well as expanding the operating hours of both their Eastside and Downtown clinics.
“Getting children all of the vaccines recommended by CDC’s immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health – and that of classmates and the community,” said Danny Acosta, Director for Immunize El Paso. “If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to check with us to find out what vaccines your child needs.”
All El Paso area schools require children to be current on vaccinations before enrolling to protect the
health of all students.
Today’s childhood vaccines protect against serious and potentially life-threatening diseases, including polio, measles, whooping cough and chickenpox. When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk and can spread diseases to others in their classrooms and community – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer and other health conditions.
Immunize El Paso says school age children need vaccines. For example, children who are 4 to 6 years old are due for boosters four vaccines: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis), chickenpox, MMR (measles, mumps and rubelland polio. Older children, like preteens and teens, need Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), MCV
(meningococcal conjugate vaccine) and HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines whey they are 11 or 12. addition, yearly flu vaccines are recommended for all children 6 months and older.
Parents can find out more about the recommended immunization schedule and where to find the closest outreach clinic by visiting www.immunizeelpaso.org or by phone at the numbers below:
Downtown: Phone 915-533-3414
Tillman Health Center
222 S. Campbell, Basement, 79901
Monday through Friday 9AM – 12 Noon, 2PM – 5PM
Eastside: Phone 915-857-2474
1580 George Dieter, Ste 102, 79936
Monday through Friday – 8AM – 12 Noon, 2PM - 5PM
3rd Saturday Monthly – 9AM – 12 Noon