Mission CISD urges parents to check on immunizations early

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Mission, Texas- Mission CISD strongly encourages parents to take some time, now, to make sure their children’s immunizations are up to date. State health officials have indicated that immunization requirements are not being waived, even for students participating in distance/virtual instruction.

All children must have all the necessary protection against the following diseases before the child can attend school: diphtheria, polio, measles, rubella, mumps, Hib, PCV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A, varicella, Tdap, and meningococcal.  In addition, it is highly recommended that each student be vaccinated yearly for the prevention of Influenza.  Please contact your family physician/clinic to make sure immunizations are up-to-date.

Texas Education Code requires each student be fully immunized against disease as required by the Texas Board of Health. According to the education code, a student who is not fully immunized and has not begun the required immunizations may not attend school.  The Texas Department of State Health Services also currently indicates school vaccination rules are in effect regardless of whether the education is received via virtual learning or on campus.

When transferring from another school district in Texas, a student may be provisionally admitted for no more than 30 days pending receipt of immunization records. 

Mission CISD strongly urges all parents to make sure immunizations are up to date prior to registration.  The student’s immunization records must be available at the time of registration to avoid any delays in admitting their children.

More information about required immunizations is available from the Texas Department of State Health Services website, https://dshs.texas.gov/immunize/school/default.shtm. Parents of Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 students should then click on the “2020-2021 Childcare Requirements” link. Parents of all other grade levels should click the “2020-2021 K-12 Requirements” link.  Parents of incoming 7th graders should be aware that their child may need additional immunizations. 

Sources for immunizations in the Mission CISD area include: Healthy Shots in McAllen 668-8366; Hidalgo County Health Department in Mission 585-2461; Nuestra Clinica del Valle Memorial SBHC in Alton 519-1800; Nuestra Clinica del Valle Mission Family Health Center 580-3303; Preventive Health Solutions in McAllen 618-4700, ProCare Health Services in Mission 205-2204, San Martin De Porres Clinic in Palmview 519-9500 or your family physician/clinic.

Students are encouraged to get the Meningococcal Vaccine at a cost of $5-14.  After age 18, the cost for this vaccine is $150 or higher depending on the lab.