Dallas County offering immunizations ahead of school starting

Dallas County offering immunizations ahead of school starting

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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 07: A school nurse preapres a vaccine against whooping cough before giving it to students at Mark Twain Middle School August 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The boosters, also called Tdap shots, are required of all seventh graders before they can start school. The Los Angeles Unified School District is offering free shots at various clinics in the city to help students make the deadline before school start on August 14. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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Posted on August 16, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 23 at 1:17 PM

DALLAS –– On Saturday, students younger than 18 can receive immunizations from the county before the school year begins.

This is the last Saturday for Dallas County school children to receive free immunizations before the year begins. Immunizations are given between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, for those who can't make it.

To get the required shots, parents must bring their children's vaccination records between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. to the immunization clinic located in the first floor of the Dallas County Health and Human Services building at 2377 N. Stemmons Freeway. 

Spokeswoman Pamela Smith forwarded the below requirements: 

  • Medicaid eligible
  • Uninsured:  a child who has no health insurance coverage
  • American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • Enrolled in CHIP
  • Underinsured (as defined by the Texas Department of State Health Services) - A child who has commercial (private) health insurance, but coverage does not include vaccines; a child whose insurance covers only selected vaccines (TVFC-eligible for non-covered vaccines only); or a child whose insurance caps vaccine coverage at a certain amount.  Once that coverage amount is reached, the child is categorized as underinsured).  Insured children with vaccine coverage who have high copays or deductibles are no longer considered underinsured.  These children are now considered fully, privately insured and are no longer eligible for TVFC vaccines. 

“While this upcoming clinic is a great opportunity for families in their preparation for back-to-school, residents don’t have to wait until then to come in to our clinics for immunization services,” said DCHHS Director Zachary Thompson in a prepared statement. “Our six clinics are open Monday through Friday. The time to come is now.”

First-time patients pay $10 for the immunizations while return patients pay $5. 

"Waivers are given to families in need," Smith adds.

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