The Navarro County Health Department is offering free immunizations to school children during August.
This year, schools will not accept children who have not had their shots, unlike last year when the state allowed for a month’s reprieve. In order to assist parents in getting their kids caught up and in school on-time, the health department is not charging for children’s shots.
The Corsicana-Navarro County Health Department’s immunization hours are from 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday at 618 N. Main St. in Corsicana.
In addition, the clinic is offering one day of extended hours for parents who work and can’t make the clinic during day-time hours, said Emily Carroll, director of nurses for the department.
“Next Tuesday, on August 17, we’re having extended hours until 7 p.m. to give shots,” Carroll said. “We know a lot of ‘meet the teacher’ and school orientations are coming up. We usually encounter those who can’t get their schedules because they don’t have the required immunizations. We’re giving parents a chance to have those extended hours to come in if they work and get those taken care of.”
Health department representatives will be attending the Back to School/Stay in School rally Saturday, but shots won’t be given that day.
“We will be handing out flyers to parents to see if their children need immunizations, and we’ll be passing out information about new vaccines that will be required,” Carroll said.
Students entering Kindergarten through 12th grade in Texas have to show proof of immunization against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough), polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and varicella (chicken pox). Kids going into Kindergarten and first grade also must be immunized against hepatitis A. Most are available in combination shots.
Students going into seventh and eighth grade have to have immunizations for varicella, meningococcal (meningitis) and a tetanus/diptheria/pertussis booster if it’s been five years since their last shot.
School starts Aug. 23 at all schools in Navarro County this year.