The free back-to-school immunization clinics held Monday and Tuesday by the Brownwood-Brown County Health Department are over, but shots are still available.
And the price is a bargain.
“We’ll still see some people on Wednesday, because that’s the day they usually come for the clinic,” department administrator Alicia Long said. “But the free clinic has been a success.”
Health department nurse Solange Chapman said 57 people received immunizations during the free clinic’s hours on Monday. No total was immediately available for Tuesday’s clinic, but department officials said walk-ins had been steady.
“It’s not quite as many as we’ve had in the past, but I think that’s because we’ve had more people coming in throughout the summer,” Chapman said. “But we often have a surge right here at the start of school.”
Another factor that may have brought school students to the health department earlier involves the timing of registration for classes. Most schools held registration last week, officials said. That may influence the timing of future years’ clinics.
Those coming to the department receive the required immunizations and documentation for them to take to school offices.
“There are other immunizations recommended but not required,” Chapman said. “We give people the opportunity to get those, too.”
Chapman said the fees for immunizations given by the health department are small.
“It’s not very much at all,” she said.
Many of those coming to the health department for immunizations are entering school for the first time, and are keeping pace with the schedule that started for youngsters shortly after birth. But others are teenagers in high school getting needed boosters, and a few students entering college.
“We’re doing what we wanted to accomplish,” Chapman said, “and that’s to keep these immunizations current.”