August is here, and children, teens and college students will be heading back to school. But before it starts, students need supplies, clothes and vaccinations.


August is recognized as National Immunization Awareness Month, and children, adults and the elderly should protect themselves from illness. Vaccines help prevent dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases. 

Everyone needs immunizations to help protect them from serious diseases. 


Shots can prevent diseases like measles, diphtheria and rubella. Everyone age 6 months and older needs a seasonal flu shot every year. Other shots work best when they are given at certain ages. Those who have a child age 6 or younger can find out which shots they need by visiting http://www2a.cdc.gov/nip/kidstuff/newscheduler_le/. 


To find out what shots a teenager needs, visit http://www2.cdc.gov/nip/adultImmSched/. Just type in the date of birth and a complete list will be provided. 


Locally, the Archer City field office of the Texas Department of State Health Services will provide a back-to-school immunization clinic in Graham from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, in McCree Hall at First United Methodist Church. 


VFC (vaccines for children) immunizations will be provided for underinsured and uninsured pre-kindergarteners, kindergarteners and incoming seventh grade students. Additionally, immunizations will be available for infants, school age children and adults, as well as students heading into college. 


Some of the back-to-school vaccines offered include DTAP, IPV, MMR, varicella and more.


The clinic will provide a limited amount of vaccines to uninsured adults. The shingles vaccine will not be offered at the clinic. 


To be eligible for DSHS services, a child must have Medicaid, no insurance or be underinsured (has insurance but vaccines are not covered) or be native American Indian. CHIP is not accepted at the clinic. Unisured/undersinured adults may receive vaccines, too. 


Those who have private insurance that covers the cost of vaccines will be referred to their personal care provider. Medicaid and Medicare cards must be presented at time of service.


Those who have insurance need to visit with their private physician


Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 


The VFC vaccine is provided at $10 a visit, not to exceed $20 per family. 

Adult vaccines are provided at $20. No one is denied services due to an inability to pay.


Those unable to attend the clinic may visit the Archer City Field Office at 509 S. Cedar St. in Archer City. 

Call and check that a nurse in on-hand to give vaccinations before making the trip to Archer City. 

For more information regarding the clinic, or to inquire about receiving a vaccination, call the office at (940) 574-2159.