By Alexa Williams
ANDREWS: The City of Andrews is urging their community to get immunized. The Andrews County Health Department explained to NewsWest 9 that 60% of children 3 and under in Andrews County are not fully vaccinated. It's a problem that could spread quickly but officials are trying to change that.
"We're trying to raise awareness about that age group in particular, 36 months and under," said, Mary Lou Cornejo, an RN at the Andrews Health Department.
The high number of unvaccinated kids in the county is a problem that came to light last year. Since then, a coalition has been formed in an effort to get more kids up-to-date on their shots.
"It's really important because by the age of two, children are immunized against 14 different vaccine preventable illnesses," said Cornejo.
Next week, marks National Infant Immunization Week. To celebrate, the Health Department in Andrews is offering free shots to children 3 and under.
"We saw how low our numbers were and we wanted to make an impact," said Cornejo.
We're told lack of knowledge is a key factor in the low number of vaccinations. The Health Department remains hopeful that the coalition will get more parents and children walking through clinic doors.
"If they're not fully immunized, they're not fully protected," said Cornejo.