School offers vaccinations to help students, parents

Parents of sixth graders and high school seniors need to make sure their children's shot records are up to date.

Texas law requires students entering 7th grade to have their tetanus booster, meningitis and varicella (chicken pox) vaccine. Any student entering a Texas college or university must also be immunized for meningitis.

Mobile clinics like the one hosted at Orangefield Junior High, have made it easier for students to get immunized. They also allow students to receive the necessary shots at a fraction of the cost that local pharmacies and pediatricians charge. 

Orangefield Junior High nurse Stephanie Edgerly said it's better to get them done early since every student entering 7th grade and college in the Golden Triangle will need them.

"There's usually about 60 or 70 kids that do not have their immunizations so the parents are scurrying around trying to find them," Edgerly said. "They can't start school or even look at their schedule without an updated immunization record."

Orangefield High School's nurse, Ozhny Scogin, said it's especially important for seniors to take advantage of getting immunized early.

"If you wait and take it after their 18th birthday it significantly goes up in price," Scogin said. "It's no longer covered under childhood immunization."

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services bacterial meningitis is highly contagious and is most common among college age students.


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