Mission, Texas Brain

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Now is the time to think about back to school immunizations

For many students and parents, it may seem like school just let out. But it is not too early to make sure your child’s immunizations are up to date. Waiting until registration day or just before registration can result in longer lines at immunizations clinics, and doctor’s offices.

All children must have all the necessary protection against the following diseases before the child can attend school: diphtheria, polio, measles, rubella, mumps, Hib, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A, and varicella. All are required before entering pre-k, with returning students needing to complete any immunizations that are due or pending are before registration. Please contact your family physician/clinic to make sure immunizations are up to date.

Texas Education Code requires each student to be fully immunized against disease as required by the Texas Board of Health. According to the education code, a student who is not fully immunized and has not begun the required immunizations may not attend school. A student may also be provisionally admitted if the student has proof that he/she has begun the required immunizations and continues to receive the necessary immunizations as rapidly as medically feasible.

Mission CISD strongly urges all parents to make sure immunizations are up to date prior to registration. The student’s immunizations records must be available at the time of registration to avoid any delays in admitting their children.

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