Central Texas health officials urge vaccinations before school starts

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POSTED: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 1:31pm
UPDATED: Monday, September 1, 2014 - 4:17pm

McLennan County health officials are urging all Central Texas parents to beat the last minute rush and ensure their children are up-to-date on vaccinations for back to school.

The Waco McLennan County Health district says so far they've had steady traffic with children needing immunizations. Most commonly, children ages five and 12 are having to come in for either the 4-year-old booster shot or a Tetnus shot. Typically, area schools require children be current on shots before the first day of school.

Health officials say vaccinations greatly reduce the spreading communicable illnesses.

"It may take a little time out of your day to get your kid's shots. That's a lot less time than it would be if they were at home sick with whooping cough or with measles. That's two to three weeks, lots of medication, serious illness, it's just very important," said Kelly Craine, spokeswoman of the Waco McLennan County Health District.

Craine predicts there will be long lines and doctors' offices will be full on the first day of school from people who failed to vaccinate their children ahead of time.

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