Progress staff reports
Jacksonville Daily Progress
Several different opportunities are available to parents who need to update their child's immunization record in time for the 2013-2014 school year, with free transportation provided to those who need it, thanks to the Cherokee County Public Health Department.
“Whether it's a childhood MMR vaccine or an off-to-college meningococcal vaccine, these vaccines can save lives,” according to a Public Health release, which also reminded parents that children must be current on their vaccines prior to the beginning of school, or entry into the school may be delayed by school administration.
Vaccines include Dtap, Tdap, Inactivated Polio Vaccine, MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis A and Meningococcal. Cost – for those students who meet eligibility requirements – are $10 for one vaccine and $15 for two or more, with Medicaid/CHIPS Superior and Amerigroup accepted.
Shot clinics include those in:
• Jacksonville – Cherokee County Public Health Clinic, 510 E. Commerce, July 26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and Aug. 24, from 8 a.m.-noon; also, at the Norman Activity Center, 526 E. Commerce, Aug. 1, from 4-8 p.m. (in conjunction with the 9th annual children's back-to-school fair);
• Alto – Alto Elementary School, 244 CR 2429, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; and,
• Rusk – Rusk Civic Center, 555 Euclid, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
No-fee transportation, courtesy of a collaborative grant project with the University of North Texas, is available through August for the clinics or other immunization appointments with any provider in Cherokee County.
An East Texas Council of Governments “GoBus” will carry individuals to and from Wells, Alto, Rusk, New Summerfield and Jacksonville, according to a Public Health flyer.
To utilize the service, call 800-590-3371 and use the code word “immunizations” when scheduling.