Not up-to-date on immunizations? No first-day-of-school for you

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - By Sara Story - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Hundreds of East Texas students were turned away from their first day of school because they did not meet state immunization requirements.

It was a back to school rush at the Northeast Texas Public Health District Monday morning as students waited in line for vaccines.

Last year, the Texas Department of State Health Services began new immunization requirements for students in kindergarten and seventh grade.

The health district saw more than 500 people just last week and gave more than 1300 vaccines.

"We are just trying to make sure everybody knows the importance of getting their children immunized against these vaccine preventable diseases," said George Roberts, with the Northeast Texas Public Health District. "This year, people are more engaged, they know about the kindergarten requirements and seventh grade requirements."

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