Summer is in full swing, vacations and family reunions are in progress, and school is more than likely the last thing on the minds of children of all ages. However, back-to-school isjust around the corner.

    The Brownwood/Brown County Health Department would like to remind the residents of the area that with July drawing to a close, school will be starting back very soon. Parent need to check on their children's vaccine records and make sure they have all the required vaccines to go back to school.

    The Brownwood/Brown County Health Department will be having a back-to-school immunization clinic Aug. 5-7 with extended hours to benefit parents who have to work. BBCHD will be open on those days from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 7 p.m. Parents need to bring their child's immunization record to the clinic.

    For children who are uninsured or underinsured, and qualify for the Texas Vaccines for Children program, the cost of all their immunizations is $15. For children on Medicaid, there is no charge for the vaccines. Children with insurance that covers vaccines must be vaccinated with privately purchased vaccine. The cost of these vaccines are as follows:

    • Dtap (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis), $45

    • Polio, $40

    • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), $60

    • Varicella (chicken pox), $95

    • Hepatitis A, $45

    • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), $45

    • MCV4 (meningococcal), $100

    The health department does not file insurance, but the necessary information will be provided to the parent company in order for them to file for reimbursement from their insurance company. Any questions about vaccine availability and pricing can be addressed to the Brownwood/Brown County Health Department at (325) 646-0554.