Immunizations required to keep community safe

Immunizations required to keep community safe

LUBBOCK, Texas - Immunizations are not just a Lubbock ISD mandate, but required by federal law. 

"If everybody's got their immunizations up to date, then we don't have to worry about outbreaks of diseases that the immunizations have eradicated," Student Health Services Paulett Rozneck said.

Without an exemption, there are consequences for students who choose not to get vaccinated.

"They can't be in school or participate in those activities," City of Lubbock Public Health Director Katherine Wells said. 

By getting vaccinated, you could help protect the vulnerable. 

"Individuals that have other diseases such as someone suffering from cancer, or a child with leukemia, might not be able to get vaccinated, therefore we're protecting them by having everyone else around them vaccinated," Wells said. 

Diseases that were once eradicated, are popping back up.

"The measles outbreak are coming back because of parents and children not being immunized properly," Rozneck said. 

According to Texas Health and Human Services, there have been twenty-one confirmed cases of measles in Texas, but none have been in Lubbock. 

"We still have very high vaccination rates, and we want to keep it that way," Wells said.

To make it easier to get vaccinated, the health department will extend walk-in immunization clinic hours throughout August.  Check the website for clinic hours: https://ci.lubbock.tx.us/departments/health-department. The health department is located at 806 18th Street.

The following groups are eligible for vaccines at the health department. Bring a current shot record with you.  

Eligibility

Cost

Children without insurance

$14 for one vaccine, maximum cost per visit $20. 

Children with Medicaid

Free

Children with CHIP

Free

Children with insurance but insurance doesn’t cover a recommended vaccine

$14 for one vaccine, maximum cost per visit $20. 

Adults without insurance

$15 per vaccine


You can find more information about recommended vaccines by visiting www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents, talking to your doctor or by calling the City of LubbockHealth Department at 806-775-2933.

 

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