In addition to pencils, paper and other classroom essentials, vaccinations should be included on every back-to-school checklist. 

The Galveston County Health District is reminding parents that Texas law requires students in Texas schools to be immunized against certain vaccine-preventable diseases. 

“While state law has vaccine requirements for school entry, I want parents to know that protecting your child on-time is important every day of the year,” said Dr. Mark Guidry, Galveston County Health Authority and GCHD chief executive officer. “Vaccines are a safe and effective way to help individuals protect themselves, their families, and loved ones from preventable diseases.”

Every year, GCHD immunization clinics see hundreds of parents and children coming in to meet school-entry vaccination requirements. The back-to-school rush is their largest immunization effort each year. It also marks the district’s annual observance of National Immunization Awareness Month, which provides an opportunity for the district to highlight the value of immunizations.

As part of their activities, running Aug. 1-29, the Galveston County Health District will be conducting Kids Health Fest 2014. The mission of the event is to vaccinate eligible children and adults in time for back-to-school. While children receive immunizations, there will be educational exhibits and activities for children and adults. 

Kids Health Fest will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 9850-B Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Suite B104, in Texas City. Evening hours will be available from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays.

Kids Health Fest will accept Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Medicaid. 

During Kids Health Fest GCHD’s Dickinson Immunization clinic will be closed to allow staff the capability of handling the crowds in the larger Texas City clinic.  

Parents are asked to take their child’s immunization record with them. Some children may already be in the state’s electronic immunization registry, known as ImmTrac. If a parent does not have a paper record, they will be given the opportunity to enroll their child in ImmTrac, which makes their immunization records available in the future.

For information, call 409-938-2244 or visit www.gchd.org.

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