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Make sure your child is vaccinated before school starts

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Back-to-school season is here.

It's time for parents to gather school supplies and back packs, and it's also the perfect opportunity to make sure your children are up to date on their vaccines.

All immunizations should be completed by the first day of school. Admission into school can be denied until records are produced showing the child has been protected against vaccine-preventable diseases.

Earlier this year, Texas witnessed the highest incidence of mumps cases in 22 years. This outbreak was attributed to increased levels of unvaccinated children, which emphasizes the importance and value of immunization.

When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for diseases and can also spread diseases to others in their classrooms and community - including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer or other health conditions.

Immunize El Paso provides low-cost immunization services to qualifying children under the Texas Vaccines for Children Program. Clinics are also able to accept Texas & New Mexico Medicaid as well as many major insurance plans. No child is denied services due to inability to pay.

"Ensuring children have access to all vaccines recommended by CDC's immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children from serious diseases," said Dusty Warden, outreach coordinator for Immunize El Paso. "If you haven't done so already, now is the time to check to find out what vaccines your child needs."

Visit any of Immunize El Paso's clinics or outreach locations to find out which vaccines are required & recommended for them before going back to school.

Parents can find out more about the recommended vaccines at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines, http://www.immunizeelpaso.org or call 915-881-1100.

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