Tyler, Texas — For the past week waiting rooms have been packed with kids and parents, finally ready to get those last minute immunization shots. While these shots might seem scary to some, students have to get these in order to go back to school.
Schools are filled with germs, making kids who are not vaccinated at a high risk for diseases and illnesses. The number of vaccinations your child needs varies with age and medical history. These shots protect them from measles, mumps, chickenpox and tetanus just to name a few.
Net Health Public Information Officer Stephanie Taylor explains the need for these shots, saying, "Last year we had some cases of pertussis in our community. We've heard about some cases in the Metroplex of measles recently so we just want to make sure all our children in East Texas are protected."
Most East Texas schools start on August 26, so the line is expected at places like Net Health to only grow. Taylor advices parents to also remember to get their children flu vaccines in September.