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Students of All Ages Encouraged to Get Vaccines Before Back to School Rush

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health wants students of all ages to plan ahead and get their required vaccinations before the back-to-school rush that they typically see in August.

“Now is the time for children, teens, and adults to get their vaccines,” said Kellie Hoskins, Nurse Supervisor. “Although we are closed on Monday for the Fourth, we want to make sure parents and children who may have other days off next week, use that time to come see us.”

Parents of children in Texas who will begin classes in the fall are reminded that children entering school are required to be vaccinated against a variety of diseases with vaccines that include the Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, (Tdap), Measles, Mumps, and Rubella, (MMR) and the Polio vaccine. Those entering college may need vaccines that include Meningitis, Hepatitis B, Tdap, MMR, and Varicella shots.

The Immunization program provides low-cost vaccines to children 0 to 18 years of age who are uninsured or who are considered under-insured, and to adults over 19 years of age who have no insurance. Those who qualify can receive any vaccines required for a total of $15.00.  The savings are even more impressive for seniors who need vaccines.

“We offer the Zoster vaccine for Shingles for $15 dollars to residents who are 60 years and older. In order to quality for this vaccine the patient must be uninsured,” Hoskins said. The vaccine can cost more than $200.00 at retail locations.  “We want to make sure we take care of our seniors who need this vaccine now, so that they aren’t waiting for an extended period during the back-to-school rush.”

Anyone needing to schedule an appointment at one of the four clinics is asked to call 915-212-6555. More information is available at www.EPHealth.com under the Immunization Program.

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