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Vaccine preparations underway for new school year

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Harlingen school district officials are making heath a top priority.

It TMs a very economical way for people who have not had their vaccines to come in and take advantage of these clinics, said Monica Blount, a nurse with Harlingen CISD.

Several schools held “shot clinics” this week.

On Wednesday, Action 4 News visited Gutierrez and Coakley Middle Schools as students rolled up their sleeves to get their immunizations.

The vaccines are required so we can keep disease and bay and keep our children safe, said Blount.

Recently, California saw a measles outbreak, which finally came to an end just a few months ago, according to state officials.

Health experts in that state say immunization in some California school districts report 50 percent compliance, possibly sparking the spread.

Harlingen school leaders say that isn’t a problem here.

Great cooperation with parents, about 95% immunization retention, said Blount.

Parents felt the immunizations makes registering for school much easier. Without it they are susceptible for illness that could harm them, and it TMs a delay. They don’t let you register for school on time, Imelda Nino, a mother of a student.

From Pre-Kinder through high school, students are required to get vaccines in order to start school.

A four-year booster when you go into Pre-K, then another booster at age 11, and then they’ll need more at 16, said Blount.

Schools check the Texas registry to make sure students are up to date.

Those who are not or have not been exempt will not allowed in class until they are administered.

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