The Hays County Personal Health Department (PHD) is observing National Immunization Awareness Month with free vaccines and a special vaccination clinic for children up to age 18.
“Vaccines have eradicated or notably reduced the occurrence of many deadly diseases,” said PHD Director Priscilla Hargraves. “Smallpox and polio have been eradicated in the United States, and we see many fewer cases of measles, rubella and pertussis since the advent of vaccinations for them. However, some areas of the United States, including parts of Texas, are seeing a reoccurrence of pertussis – whooping cough – in infants and small children, making it critical for parents to ensure their children are vaccinated against this potential killer and other life-threatening illnesses.”
To reduce the financial burden on families, the PHD is waiving its vaccine administration fee at its clinics in San Marcos and Kyle during August for children up to age 18, so there will be no cost for the inoculations.
Free vaccinations in August are available during regular immunization clinic hours at the San Marcos (401-A Broadway) and Kyle (150 Lockhart Road) PHD offices Mondays from 1-6 p.m. and Tuesdays from 1-4 p.m.
Immunization clinic hours will be extended at both clinics next week. The San Marcos clinic will offer vaccinations on Aug. 16, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Aug. 17-19 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Aug. 20 from 8 a.m.-noon. The Kyle clinic will offer vaccinations on Aug. 16 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Aug. 17 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
For more information about vaccinations and all services provided by the Hays County PHD, go to www.co.hays.tx.us, click on departments on the left navigation bar and scroll down to personal health, or contact the PHD at (512) 393-5520.