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Parents – Don't Forget your Homework this Summer: Immunize your Kids!

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Each year, children across the country miss the first day of school because their immunization records are not up to date. The Austin Independent School District anticipates about 8,300 students will need immunizations before they may attend classes. Be sure your children are ready for school by ensuring that they have received the required shots by the first day of class – Aug. 23.

In May, letters were sent to parents of students who, according to school records, need immunizations before starting school in the fall. If your child received a letter and has already had the shot, please take the shot record to the school nurse. If your child has not yet received the shot, please visit your child's physician or clinic. You can also contact one of the community resources attached with the letter or listed on AISD's website. The website also offers a complete listing of immunization requirements including a quick reference guide of the vaccines required for different age groups.

If you have questions about your child's immunizations or community resources or require other information, please contact your school nurse or the Children's/AISD Student Health Services Administrative Office at (512) 324-0195. For more information about AISD's vaccination program, call the "2-1-1" referral line. This toll-free number provides a list of the health and social services for your area.

Susan Shineldecker, RN, clinical manager with Children's/AISD Student Health Services, urges parents to protect their children. "Get their age-appropriate vaccines and have them ready for school in the fall."

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