Getting your child vaccinated on time is a lot of work, but the City of El Paso Public Health Department is going to give you a hand in getting that taken care of. They are celebrating National Infant Immunization Week and offering free vaccines on Wednesday May 1.

The vaccines will be available to Texas Vaccines for Children eligible infants and children ages birth to 2 years old. City officials say they hope this event will stress the importance and promote of immunizations against Measles and other illnesses as the first level of prevention to stop the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases. It is vital to protect infants in particular from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Health Department officials say infants are especially vulnerable to Measles since they do not get their first vaccination until they’re a year old. \For that reason, it is very important to vaccinate babies on time, to protect them from serious diseases. As of April 11 of this year, there have been 555 confirmed cases of measles in the United States and 15 of those
confirmed cases are in Texas.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory viral illness spread by contact with an
infected person through sneezing or coughing that can cause serious complications in some infected children.

To be eligible for these free vaccines, your child must be:
• Enrolled in Medicaid
• Uninsured: a child who has no health insurance coverage
• American Indian or Alaskan Native
• Enrolled in CHIP (El Paso Health only)
• Underinsured: a child with no insurance coverage for vaccinations or only partial coverage

Vaccines will be offered on a first come/first served basis at the Ysleta Clinic, 110 Candelaria Road and at Henderson Clinic, 721 S. Mesa Street, from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with the last
patients seen at 5:00 p.m.

You can either walk in, or you can schedule an appointment by calling 915-212-6555.

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