Required Vaccines for School

Published 08/04 2014 01:27PM

Updated 08/05 2014 03:42PM

The first day of school will be here soon, doctors at Covenant Health System are reminding parents to make sure their students are vaccinated.

Dr. David Gray with Covenant Health System says the truth is they'd make more money taking care of those with diseases, than by providing preventions.

"The biggest problems that we see today with the vaccination programs is that they’ve worked too well," said Dr. Gray, "We're no longer familiar with polio, we're no longer familiar with death from diphtheria, we don’t really recognize whooping cough readily and it can cause death in infants."

Dr. Gray said there has been an outbreak of pertussis in Lubbock.

He said that's just one example of why getting vaccinated is vital.

There are three separate immunizations relative to school aged kids.

The first, a pre-school set of boosters done between at the age of four so daycares and pre-schools can have all those immunizations out of the way before those programs starts.

"It consist of several vaccination including measles, mumps and rubella, as well as chicken pox vaccination and we can do all of that in a single vaccine, and you also get a diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis booster with that series as well and the last polio vaccine," explained Dr. Gray, "All of that encompasses in two pokes."

Following the initial set of boosters Dr. Gray said there are two more rounds.

"At the 10 year check up, which is the earliest time we can do a tetanus, polio, diphtheria booster we like to get that out of the way and then we do a meningitis vaccine at 11 years of age which is in preparation for college," he said.

Dr. Gray said because meningitis spreads effectively its important to get the vaccine especially for students living in dorms.

When deciding where to get these vaccines Dr. Gray said to stick with your primary care physician.

If you don't have a primary physician and are needing to get your child vaccinated before school starts the city Health Department will be holding clinics August 5th from 8:30 a.m. to noon, August 6th from 1:30 p.m. to 4p.m. and on August 8, 8:30 a.m. to noon.

The Health Department is located at 806 18th Street.

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