Hundreds turn out for last-minute immunizations

Most schools require immunization shots for kids

SAN ANTONIO - Hundreds of kids and their parents turned out Friday for last-minute immunizations. Most schools will not allow children to attend without proper immunization records.

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Four-year-old R.J. Gonzalez is starting kindergarten next week and needed one last immunization.

"They called me late and I was like, 'Where am I going to to figure out where to take him?'" his father, T.J. Gonzalez, said.

So he took his son to the Texas Diabetes Institute, where R.J. and more than 400 other kids got last-minute shots.

"It's real good. It helps us out when people don't have anywhere else to go," Gonzalez said.

The reason the lines are so long is because immunizations are required for most schools and daycares -- but there are exemptions.

"You can get exempted by religious affiliation and also if there's a medical condition that you're not allowed to get immunizations for," Janelle Pehl, with University Health Systems, said.

More than just immunizations, kids were also given a chance to get sports physicals, a requirement for playing sports in most schools.

Still, it was clear from all of the nervous faces and teary eyes what the  majority of these kids were there for.

Last-minute immunizations will still be available Saturday at CentroMed Southside Medical, at 3750 Commercial Avenue, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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