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With the Garland Independent School District’s Aug. 8 start date around the corner, here’s a reminder that the Garland Public Health Clinic at 206 Carver St. provides low-cost immunizations for infants and children through age 18 and immunizations for adults of all ages.
The Garland Public Health Clinic accepts walk-ins for immunization from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Parents should bring a child’s immunization records with them. Call 972-205-3370 for more information.
Many Garland children are eligible for free or low-cost vaccinations through the Texas Vaccines for Children Program. The program is funded with federal and state money to provide vaccines to those eligible from birth through 18 years of age. Children who do not have health insurance or who have health insurance that does not cover vaccines qualify, as well as children who are enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Children need different vaccines at different ages. Kids who are 4 to 6 years old are due for boosters for four vaccines: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis), chickenpox, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), and polio. Pre-teens and teens need Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), HPV (human papillomavirus), and MCV/MEN B (meningococcal conjugate) vaccines. College students need to have a current MCV and MEN B vaccinations before enrolling.