State immunization eligibility policy has changed

POSTED: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 3:34pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 2:29pm

BRAZOS COUNTY -- School may have just ended but you might want to start planning now for your child's school immunizations for next year because a new state law is affecting where you're allowed to go to get them.

Hundreds of patients who normally turn to the Brazos County Health Department for their immunizations will now have to find somewhere else to go, thanks to a new state law.

"If a person is already paying private insurance premiums then the state of Texas is asking that you return to your primary care provider for those immunizations," said community health services director for the Brazos County Health Department, Julie Anderson.

And for patients like Jessica Thompson, who has private insurance but has always gone to the health department, the change is causing some frustration.

"I don't have a primary doctor. I just have a specialist or if I'm really sick I'll go to urgent care and so obviously it's going to cost more if I do need an immunization to get get an appointment at a doctors."

Taking away the convenience factor that Thompson likes.

"Doctor's offices can have 2-3 months in advance so it's definitely convenient if you live here," said Thompson.

Half of the department's current patients will be affected by the new eligibility requirements.

So that's why, community health services director, Julie Anderson says it's important to check your immunization records now to save yourself the headache of being turned away later.

"As people get ready to head back to school for both back to college and summer camps people are starting to look at those and realize that there has been a big impact and a paradigm shift when it comes to immunizations."


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