to offer school vaccinations at shopping malls
The Houston Department of Health
and Human Services will offer vaccinations to children heading
off to school at two malls weekdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., August
Vaccination sites are Northline Mall, 4400 North Freeway, and
Sharpstown Center, 7500 Bellaire Boulevard. Cost is $3 per child.
A designated number of appointment tickets will be issued daily
at each of the sites. The tickets will be distributed on a first
come, first served basis and based on site capacity. Parents
should take to the vaccination site their children's immunization
records and Medicaid card if applicable.
The department's health centers, regular Monday through Saturday
mobile sites and WIC sites will not offer immunizations while
school shots are provided at the malls.
By the time they enter kindergarten, children on an optimum
schedule need to receive:
- five doses of a combined
shot for diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough),
- four doses of polio,
- three or more doses of haemophilus
influenza type b (Hib),
- three hepatitis B doses,
- two doses of a combined shot
for measles, mumps and rubella, and
- one varicella dose.
It is recommended that children
receive 80 percent of their lifetime vaccinations by age two,
but some parents delay immunizing children until meeting requirements
to enter school, leaving their children vulnerable to vaccine-preventable
Recorded information about the
immunization sites will be available starting August 1 at 713-247-2411
in English and at 713-247-2412 in Spanish. For more information,
call the department's Immunization Bureau at 713-794-9267.