Children Turned Away from School for Lacking Immunizations

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 8:27am

He's trading a classroom for a checkup room, at least temporarily. He's just potentially one of hundreds of children who have been told they can't come to school until they get caught up on shots that they're missing.

A Brownsville mom and her boys, ages 9 and 12, move-ins from La Feria, were told they couldn't start until records were up to date. School officials told her plain and simply....

"You need these results to get the kids in the school, so I have to do this now," says mother Ballenira Garcia.

The kids lack their TB records, a mix up Garcia says by the old district. Either way, no shots, no classes.

Wednesday both of her boys are getting tested so they can return to school as soon as possible.

"Learned my lesson today, I'm going to make sure that the shots are registered, and be sure before I get them enrolled in another school because it's a lot of work and a lot of time they took and they're losing time at school too," says the mother of two.

They, however, are far from the only kiddos being stopped at the school doors though.

"People wait until the last minute, and we have several people coming in, August is always way busy, but the first week of school and the week before school is super busy," says LVN, Fran Sabala of the Brownsville Community Health Center.

She adds that many of the kids that come in are not just missing a shot or two but sometimes five or six shots, so they're playing catch up.

The good news is, the Brownsville Community Health Center, one shot or all required, costs only eight bucks.

The center expects to slow down with school immunizations by the week's end.

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