More than 200 vaccinations administered at 17th annual Shots Across Texas and Wellness Round Up
Aug. 21, 2010 at 3:21 a.m.
Anguish spread across the face of 4-year-old Ethan Xavier Gaitan as he took his first vaccination without a whimper Saturday.
The second and third vaccination - not quite so calm.
From the mildest of crying children to the ear-ringing screamers, kids of all ages received vaccinations before Monday's first day of class at the 17th Annual Shots Across Texas and Wellness Round Up in the Victoria College Health Science building.
"It's important because there is a lot of viruses going around, and there are a lot of sick people," said Sandra Gaitan, Ethan Xavier's mother.
This year, the clinic and wellness round up saw about a 25-percent increase, said JoAnne Settles, chairperson for the Sunrise Rotary Club.
Last year, 80 kids were given about 160 vaccinations and this year, a little more than 100 kids received just more than 200 vaccinations, she said.
Gaitan's son received three of those.
Her family moved to Victoria from San Antonio just weeks ago, and she was afraid they wouldn't find any free vaccination clinics.
Her son received the Varicella, which protects against the Chicken Pox; the DTaP, which protects against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis; and the IPV, which protects against Polio.
"I'm glad they did this," she said as a nurse and student nurse prepared his vaccinations.
Terry Robinson, the chairman representing the Victoria Rotary Club said the mission of the clinic has never changed.
"We need to get as many kids inoculated as possible," he said. "The more we do the better prepared they are for school."
For the past several years the number of vaccinations administered has fluctuated between 100 to 200 vaccinations, he said.
The clinic is for everyone, but is geared more toward parents who have waited until the last minute to vaccinate their children or may not know their children need mandatory vaccinations for school, he said.
Other local health organizations were at the event, including the Texas Zoo, which talked about protecting against animals, and the Citizens Medical Heart House, a walk-through showing the functions of the heart.
The information provided by the organizations is what needs to be done to better the future of health education, Robinson said.
"(We also want to) teach them a little bit more about the immunizations and why they are so important in today's society," he said.