Parents and guardians were reminded before the next school year to get their children vaccinated against non-pandemic viruses.

On May 1, Taylor Middle School sent a letter to families regarding required vaccinations by the State of Texas for every seventh grader.

“I encourage you to reach out to your healthcare provider for guidance on when it would be appropriate to schedule these needed immunizations,” said MeLinda Safarik, TMS health clinic nurse.

Required vaccinations for seventh graders are:

• DTP/DTAP/DT/Td — Tetanus/TdaP;

• Meningococcal — MCV; and

• all required childhood vaccines — Dtap, IPV, Hep B, Hep A, etc.

“Your student may have already received these vaccinations,” said Safarik, “and it is helpful to insure that I have an accurate record verifying such from your healthcare provider.”

If an updated record for a student is available, they can be submitted through e-mail at or can be faxed to the school at 512-365-8589.

Pediatricians are one resource for immunizations. Alternatives include the Williamson County and Cities Health District, which has a Taylor clinic with the phone number 512-238-2121. Shots for Tots can be contacted at 512-972-5520, and Lonestar Circle of Care is at 1-877-800-5722.

“I am looking forward to getting back to school,” added Safarik, “and will reach out again when/if proof of immunizations are needed.”

For more information, contact Safarik at 512-352-2815 or

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