Ector County Health Department Keeping Up with Immunizations

by Roma Vivas
NewsWest 9

ECTOR COUNTY- Every time the new school year comes around the Ector County Health Department works extra hours so parents can get their kids vaccinated. In the month of July, they saw more than three hundred kids and gave more than one thousand shots. And every year they say the same thing happens, parents waiting until the last minute to get their children vaccinated.

"It's human for us to procrastinate, that will never change even though we know it's going to be hot, lines are going to be long and the kids are the kids are going to fussy and tired and all that," Penny Farris, R.N., with the Ector County Health Department, said.

This waiting room can have more than 70 people waiting for their kids to get vaccinated. This year has been so busy the Ector County Health Department even ran out of one of the required vaccines.

"Two weeks ago we ran out of Varicella, the good thing was we had two other facilities that had the vaccine do we were able to refer those children to those facilities and help them out that way," Farris says.

Ferris says some parents don't keep track of their kids vaccines and this can cause serious consequences.

"The children who are not fully immunized are more susceptible to contract the disease by the same token since they are more susceptible, they can contract it, they can also take it to school and spread it those who may be a little immune compromised and actually transfer it to those children as well," Ferris said.

Ferris adds one concern many parents have is the cost of vaccines, but at the Ector County Health Department they can help with that.

"Any child who does not have insurance that pays for any of the vaccines they can come here and they can get all the vaccines they need for ten dollars per person, not per shot, per person. If they can not afford the ten dollars, we still provide the services."

The State has put out a booklet so you know which shots your child needs before going to class; you can find it at any school. Health officials say if you have any questions regarding vaccinations, please don't hesitate to contact your local Health Department.