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Cameron County children are way behind on their shots, probably because their parents are wary of going to doctors offices and clinics because of the fear of catching COVID-19.
Esmeralda Guajardo, administrator for Cameron County Public Health, said her department’s four clinics provide low-cost vaccines to children of eligible families through the Texas Vaccines for Children immunization program, and that CCPH also helps other medical providers who are interested get set up as TVFC providers. The program covers eligible children from birth to age 18 and roughly half of Texas children are eligible — more than half in Cameron County because of socioeconomic status, she said.
Guajardo reported that the number of children getting vaccinated for diseases such as chicken pox, measles and rubella through the program between March and August was 77% less than the same six-month period last year. She called that alarming, since it leaves those children unprotected.
Guajardo said families are likely putting it off in part because the kids aren’t in school right now, which means nobody’s been checking to make sure they have the vaccinations mandated by the state.
“I do think it has to do with COVID and people are concerned,” …
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