Harlandale ISD School-based Health Clinic to host immunization drives

Harlandale ISD School-based Health Clinic to host immunization drives
Posted on 08/02/2017
Back to school immunizations

The University Health System Harlandale ISD School-based Health Clinic (SBHC) at Collier Elementary School is helping parents check one more thing off the back-to-school list. They’re offering immunization drives.

The first one will take place on Saturday, Aug. 5 during the “Friends of Mancha Family Back to School Event” at McCollum High School from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Immunizations are important for children to prevent disease. They prevent things like measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox and polio. There’s a lot of different diseases that once were and we no longer see because of vaccines,” Nohelani Martinez, Harlandale ISD SBHC pediatric nurse practitioner, said. “The best time to come is now. We would like to see the parents come before school so that kids don’t miss any school.”

The next immunization drives will take place on Aug. 12 at HISD Clinic from 8 a.m. to noon, Aug. 22 at Terrell Wells Middle School from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Aug. 23 at Gilbert Elementary from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Aug. 24 at STEM Early College High School from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  

According to Martinez, the school required vaccines are determined according to the age of each student. There are vaccines due at the ages of 4, 11 and 16.

“We follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. When the patient comes in, we’ll check the entire shot record if there is one. If there isn’t one, there is a way for us to retrieve it from different data bases,” Martinez added. “Basically, we try to catch them up or keep them up to date so that they can continue to go to school.”

If parents and students are unable to attend any of the immunization drives, they can visit the Harlandale ISD SBHC located at 834 W. Southcross Blvd.

“We are here to serve the children of the district. We have a close relationship with the nurse supervisor who is in charge of all the nurses in the district, and if a child needs a vaccine or they’re ill, they’ll send them to us so that we can catch them up, evaluate their illness and try to get them to school as soon as possible,” Martinez concluded.

The clinic is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

Photo Caption: Nohelani Martinez, Harlandale ISD SBHC pediatric nurse practitioner, explains the importance of back to school immunizations.

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