Before many Texas school children enter the classroom, there is one last school supply that they might need, that might save theirs and their classmates’ lives.
Patricia Lange along with her daughter brought her granddaughters Krista and Molly to the San Angelo Tom Green County Health Department to make sure that they are ready to go for this school year.
"Oh so that they don't get these terrible diseases that you see these kids in these other countries getting, because they don't get these immunizations. So it's very important that they get these to stay healthy,” Lange says.
Krista and Molly are two of the thousands of Concho valley schoolchildren that Jan McCleery, immunization coordinator has seen this summer at the San Angelo, Tom Green County Health.
"You're talking about all the day cares, see they all have the requirements, your talking about every kindergarten, you’re talking about all the mother's day's out, all the Jr. High's, High Schools and all of their school systems, your talking about all the medical personal in all these areas that need to stay updated,” McCleery says.
In less than a week students of all ages will be headed back to the books and McCleery says before that happens they must have all of their vaccines completed before they are allowed to attend school.
"If you’re in the public school system, it's a requirement that you do have vaccines now for whatever reason if a parent feels that they do not want to have their child vaccinated, their is a process that they can go thru, for each vaccine that they would like to decline."
McCleery adds that whatever type of shot your child needs, it only takes just a few minutes to complete.
McCleery says, "They go very quickly, they are very easy, and so if you can be quick, get in and out away from the situation it keeps them from being so dramatized and upset about the whole situation."
The health department reminds parents that if they need to take their child in for an immunization to please take an updated shot record.