Spring ISD to offer free mobile immunization clinics in February

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With four measles cases in Harris County confirmed by the Texas Department of State Health Services as of Feb. 14, Spring ISD will offer three mobile immunization clinics for children in the community this month.

According to a Feb. 13 news release from SISD, the mobile immunization clinics will offer vaccinations free of charge to children in the Spring community, including those who are not yet of school age.

“You may have heard in the news of some isolated cases of mumps and measles in Harris County and the Houston area, as well as across the nation,” said Jeanne Parker, SISD director of nursing and health services, in a statement. “There is evidence that immunizations protect children from serious illness and complications of vaccine-preventable diseases.”

According to the DSHS, measles is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by contact with an infected person through coughing and sneezing. DSHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend children receive one dose of the measles vaccine at 12-15 months of age and another at 4-6 years old. After two doses, the measles vaccine is approximately 97 percent effective, according to the DSHS

Thus far in 2019, eight measles cases have been confirmed statewide according to the DSHS. Texas had nine confirmed cases in 2018 and one confirmed case in 2017, according to state data.

Parker said the mobile immunization clinics are an opportunity for parents to ensure their children’s immunizations are up-to-date. To receive immunizations at one of the following mobile clinics, children must have a parent or guardian present. Parents should also bring their child’s immunization record to the clinic as well.

Feb. 22
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Troubleshooters Van
Meyer Elementary School, 16330 Forest Way, Houston

Feb. 25
10 a.m.-noon
Care Van
Wells Middle School, 4033 Gladeridge Drive, Houston

Feb. 26
10 a.m.-noon
Care Van
Bailey Middle School, 3377 James C. Lee, Spring

For more information about SISD’s immunization requirements, click here.

For more information about Harris Health System’s Troubleshooters Immunizations program, call 713-873-8687 or click here. For more information about Care Van, call 800-258-5437 or click here.

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Hannah Zedaker
Born and raised in Cypress, Texas, Hannah Zedaker graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and a minor in political science. She began as an intern with Community Impact Newspaper in 2015 and was hired upon graduation as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. In January 2019, she was promoted to serve as the editor of the Spring/Klein edition where she covers Spring ISD and Harris County Commissioners Court, in addition to business, development and transportation news.
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