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Immunization Frequently Asked Questions -
Hurricane Katrina Evacuees

1. Who should get immunizations?
If you have been exposed to flood waters and it has been more than 5 years since your last Tetanus, we would encourage you to get a booster dose of Tetanus vaccine.

2. Where are shots being given?
Shots will be given at all city health clinics:

La Nueva Casa – 1809 N Main – (713) 547-8000
Lyons – 5602 Lyons – (713) 671-3000
Magnolia – 7037 Capitol – (713) 928-9800
Northside – 8523 Arkansas – (713) 696-5900
Riverside – 3315 Delano – (713) 831-9600
Sunnyside – 9314 Cullen – (713) 732-5000

3. What are the hours of operation?
The normal hours of operation are 8:30-5:30 Monday and 7:00 – 4:00 Tuesday-Friday.

4. Are there any sites available on the weekends?
At this point there are no weekend sites available.

5. What if I can’t remember when I had my last Tetanus?
If you can not remember and you have been exposed to flood waters, we encourage you to get a tetanus booster.

6. Is there anyone who should not be immunized?
There are no medical conditions that are contraindicated for Tetanus.

7. What are the side effects?
Some individuals may experience pain or redness at the injection site and minimal swelling.

8. Will I have to pay?
Immunization administration fees are assessed on a sliding scale. Individual fee assessments will be made on a case-by-case basis.

9. What documentation will I need to bring?
If you have the following items please bring them:

  • Identification
  • Shot record
  • Proof of insurance

10. What immunizations are required to enroll my child in school?
The Texas Department of State Health Services has offered a temporary waiver on immunization requirements for attending school or child-care facility in Texas for children displaced by Katrina. Students who will be staying with family members, friends, or others in Texas will be given a 30-day provisional enrollment.

11. Is there any other place that I can receive immunizations?
There are County clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers and several mobile units that offer immunizations; we encourage you to contact these agencies to get their hours of operation and fee schedules.

For additional information please call the Immunization Bureau at 713-794-9267.