New School Year: Make Sure Immunizations Are Up To Date

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Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) encourages parents to bring their children in now to update their immunizations to make sure they will be ready to return to school on day 1. State law requires all children enrolling in school must have proof that their immunizations are current. DCHHS offers childhood immunizations from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, on the first floor of the DCHHS building, 2377 N. Stemmons Freeway.

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The clinic is open Wednesdays from 8 a.m.—6 p.m. While the cost is $10 for children on their first visit and $5 for children who have previously visited the clinic, no one will be refused service due to their inability to pay.

For the fourth year, DCHHS has partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Greater North Texas for the “Immunize for Healthy Lives” Campaign. The education and awareness campaign focuses on the importance of proper and timely vaccinations of school-aged children. The campaign also encourages parents to not wait until the start of the school year to get their child vaccinated.

DCHHS’ goal is to provide barrier-free vaccines year round to help protect the health and welfare of all infants and children in Dallas County. The CDC National Immunization Survey shows that Dallas County's immunization rates have increased from 67.1% to 73.9% over the past two years. The National Immunization Survey, conducted annually by the CDC, assesses immunization levels among preschool children.

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