Hays County Encourages Residents to Take Advantage of Life-Saving Immunizations
Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – The Hays County Commissioners Court has proclaimed the month of August as National Immunization Awareness Month in Hays County to increase awareness and understanding of vaccine-preventable diseases and their prevention.
Safe and effective vaccines are available to prevent communicable disabling and life-threatening diseases such as hepatitis A and B, diphtheria, human papillomavirus, influenza (flu), measles, meningitis, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumococcal disease, polio, rubella, tetanus and varicella.
Rebecca Herring, R.N., Case Manager for the Hays County Tuberculosis Program, told the Court that persons who do not have a physician can get vaccinations at various pharmacies and some local health departments, with some accepting insurance and others offering sliding-scale payment based on ability to pay. In Hays County, Live Oak Health Partners at 401-A Broadway in San Marcos operates a community clinic in collaboration with the County, and vaccinations are available on a walk-in basis. Uninsured and under-insured children and adults pay a small set fee. Visit www.liveoakhealthpartners.com or call the Live Oak Community Clinic at 512-805-5650 for more information.
The Court urged all adolescents and adults to ensure that vaccinations are up-to-date for themselves and their loved ones. There is a now a secure state registry database for vaccination records – adults can ask their vaccine provider to log their vaccination records electronically for easier retrieval when needed.