The following are new immunization requirements for the 2009-10 school year.

Hepatitis A: 2 doses in a lifetime, 2 doses required for pre-kinder & kindergarten entry.

Tdap: a booster dose requirement for 7th grade entry.

MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella): 2 doses required for pre-kinder & kindergarten entry.

Meningococcal: 1 dose for 7th grade requirement.

Varicella (Chickenpox): 2 doses requirement for pre-kinder, kindergarten and 7th grade entry.

All children must have all the necessary protection against the following diseases before the child can attend school: diphtheria, polio, measles, rubella, mumps, Hib, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A, and varicella Tdap, meningococcal. In addition, it is highly recommended that each student be vaccinated yearly for the prevention of Influenza. Please contact your family physician/clinic to make sure immunizations are up to date.

Texas Education Code requires each student to be fully immunized against disease as required by the Texas Board of Health. According to the education code, a student who is not fully immunized and has not begun the required immunizations may not attend school. When transferring from another school district in Texas, a student may be provisionally admitted for no more than 30days pending receipt of immunization records.

Mission CISD strongly urges all parents to make sure immunizations are up to date prior to registration. The students immunizations records must be available at the time of registration to avoid any delays in admitting their children.

Sources for immunizations in the Mission CISD area include: Nuestra Clinica Del Valle Memorial Health Center in Alton, 519-1800; Nuestra Clinica Del Valle in Mission, 580-3303; Nuestra Clinica Del Valle in Alton, 581-7585; Hidalgo County Health Department in Mission, 585-2461; Southwest Lab in Edinburg, 971-8822; Healthy Shots in McAllen, 668-8366.

Mission CISD will host the following immunization clinics:

Aug. 4, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Veterans Memorial High School

Aug. 5, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., R. Cantu Jr. High School

Aug. 6, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Veterans Memorial High School

Aug.7, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Bryan Elementary School

Aug. 10, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Veterans Memorial High School

Aug. 11, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Escobar/Rios Elementary School

Aug. 24, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Salinas Elementary School

Aug. 24, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Central Office (Free Vaccines)

Aug. 25, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Salinas Elementary School

Aug. 25, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Central Office (Free Vaccines)

Aug. 27, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., White Jr. High School

Aug. 28, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Veterans Memorial High School

Cost for immunizations is $10 per shot or FREE with proof of current Medicaid.

FREE VACCINES at Central Office on August 24 and 25. Students are encouraged to get the Meningoccal Vaccine at a cost of $ 10. After age 18 the cost for this vaccine is $220 or higher depending on the lab.