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Shot changes need attention

In keeping with the idea that our schools should be a safe haven for our students, the state’s new immunization requirements are something that parents should all take seriously.
There are concerns out there about immunizations and childhood vaccinations, and the evidence of a link between those protective measures and possible side effects is certainly worth investigation.
What we can say with certitude is the protection vaccinations can provide against diseases like diptheria, influenza and hepatitis is critical.
Doctors will tell you that schools, workplaces and other public places with heavy populations in small, confined areas are breeding grounds for epidemics.
Without the rules that school systems and state education agencies have in place to protect children and system employees, the possibility of the spreading of infectious disease would be amplified.
The changes to the rules for the next year bring the state’s requirements more in line with rules set out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will take effect in August.
They mainly affect students beginning kindergarten and those beginning seventh grade, where new immunizations will be added to the list.
To find a full list of the immunization requirements for the coming school year, visit visit www.dshs.state.tx.us, and click on “Immunization Requirements.”
The state offers a convenient way to meet those requirements, as well. Ennis plays host to workers from the Kaufman office of the Texas Department of State Health Services on the first Tuesday of each month. Workers come to the Boys and Girls Club of Ennis from 1:30-5:30 p.m. and offer the shots, and payments are adjusted by sliding scale. Keep in mind that if you’re looking to get your student immunized, you need to have an up-to-date copy of their shot record with you.
The role that we can play in helping keep our students healthy through preventative medicine should not be underestimated, and the state requires us to take an active stance through immunizations. Follow the rules, get your child shots and help protect them from serious illness.

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