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PAC Mobilizes To Defend Vaccine Exemptions In Texas

Apr 5, 2016
Cooper Neill/Texas Tribune

On a Friday night little over a year ago, a Texas mother of three was attending a school dance when she got a text message that stopped her cold.

Leanne Winkler / KEDT

A letter from the Texas Medical Association came across the desks of KERA this week with a pretty startling headline: “The Next Disneyland Could Be Plano.” It’s a reference to the measles outbreak that’s spread to 18 states and the nation’s capital.

Dallas Republican Calls For Limiting Vaccine Exemptions

Feb 19, 2015
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

A Texas Republican is taking aim at a provision in state law that allows parents with personal or religious objections to vaccines to opt their children out of school immunization requirements.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

With public school starting in a little more than two weeks, county health departments are seeing more and more families packing their clinics to get kids’ shots.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Free school supplies will be handed out at the 18th annual Mayor’s Back to School Fair in Dallas. It opens at 8 a.m. Friday in Fair Park.

Stella M. Chávez / KERA News

A long line formed outside the Dallas County Health and Human Services building on Friday. Most were parents waiting to get their child immunized before the first day of school on Monday.

Schools require that students be up to date on all of their required shots, but the recent outbreak of measles in North Texas may also have prompted some parents to take immunization more seriously.

Allergy shots have long been one of the best available treatments for hay fever, other allergies, and asthma, but they're a pain. In Europe, people have a more pleasant alternative: drops put under the tongue.

That treatment, called sublingual immunotherapy, hasn't been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, but more and more patients in the U.S. are asking for it.

DISD: Immunize Now

Jul 16, 2012

Immunizations are required for all Texas public school students. District leaders say now’s the time to get the required shots, or your child could be turned away from class.

Coming of Age ... Immunizations

Mar 12, 2012
*MarS / (cc) flickr

Under a change to Texas law, adults can now track their immunizations through a state registry database that was formerly only available for children. But once adolescents turn 18 their records are purged unless they request otherwise. Texas doctors are worried about the loss of those records.