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The Dallas Examiner | 8/1/2014, 5:18 p.m.
Now is the time for parents to bring their children in early to get immunizations before the back-to-school rush, according ...

The Dallas Examiner


Now is the time for parents to bring their children in early to get immunizations before the back-to-school rush, according to the Dallas County Health and Human Services.

“We know from previous years the lines are much longer as we get closer to school starting,” said Zachary Thompson, DCHHS director. “That’s why we’re encouraging parents to bring their children in now for their vaccinations.”

DCHHS has five clinics open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: 2377 N. Stemmons Freeway, Room 159; 3312 N. Buckner Blvd., Ste. 200; 1113 E. Jefferson Blvd., Ste. 200; 440 S. Nursery Road in Irving; and 2774 Valwood Parkway in Farmers Branch.

Appointments aren’t necessary. The cost for immunizations is $10 for the child’s first visit and $5 for returning patients. Waivers are given to families in need.

“Vaccinations are proven to reduce childhood diseases and suffering,” said Dr. Christopher Perkins, DCHHS medical director/health authority. “Therefore, everyone should maintain their child’s immunization schedule.”

The meningitis vaccine is also available for college students. To enroll in college, the vaccine is required for those who are entering the institution for the first time or was previously enrolled in a college or university before Jan. 1, 2012, and will re-enroll after at least a spring or fall semester break.

More information is available at http://www.dallascounty.org/hhs.


Councilmember Dwaine R. Caraway and Texas State Technical College will host a free career fair featuring hands-on activities, advanced technology exhibits and financial aid and admissions representatives. The event, “Bridging Technology and Education,” will be held in Exhibit Hall A of the Dallas Convention Center held Aug. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Our hope is that this event will help keep students off the street and show them they have options when they graduate from high school,” he said.

Last year, Caraway took a group of students to TSTC in Waco to give them a firsthand look at what the college has to offer. After that successful trip, he decided to find a way to bring that experience back to Dallas.

“TSTC will bring hands-on exhibits and even offer classes to help students prepare for college and the workforce,” TSTC representative Marcus Balch said. “We look forward to bringing Dallas a glimpse of what TSTC has to offer.”


The search is on to discover North Texas’ most committed, skilled and passionate volunteers under the age of 40. Now in its fifth year, The Dallas Foundation’s Good Works Under 40 Award will celebrate the region’s most outstanding volunteers. The winner will receive an $8,000 check to donate to his or her favorite charity, while the four finalists will receive $3,000 checks for their agencies.

“These young adults give enormous amounts of time, raise significant funds and sometimes tackle issues that well-established nonprofits haven’t yet addressed,” said Mary M. Jalonick, president of The Dallas Foundation.

Currently accepting nominations, the deadline for applications is Aug. 21. The winner will be announced at a reception at Old Parkland on Nov. 3.