AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - More children are opting out of being vaccinated in Potter and Randall Counties according to The Texas Department of State Heath Services.
They report during the 2012/2013 school year, 460 students were not vaccinated from K through 12th grade. Last school year, the cases jumped to 518.
"If there are so many people who are not immunized, breakouts will happen again," said Doctor Oluyemisi Fatunde at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. "All you need is for one person to be infected and it spreads like wildfire."
While these statistics continue to pop up, several health department, physicians and other health professionals are using "National Infant Immunization Week" -- which runs April 16-23rd, to remind the public of the vital role vaccinations play in protecting infants from harmful and potentially deadly diseases.
"Chicken pox, measles, whooping cough, and some of these bad infections," said Fatunde.
On Thursday, Amarillo's Public Health Department held a mobile immunization clinic for parents wanting to vaccinate their children. While they only gave out a few vaccines today -- The city has partnered with Toot N Totum to host more clinics on their properties in our area.
Doctor Fatunde says Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center continues to remind parents of proper vaccinations as our population continues to grow.
"We try to educate people and check their immunization stages, make sure the children are immunized, if they're not up to date we offer them vaccines to keep them up to date," said Fatunde.
While some parents don't think twice about vaccinating their child, others do.There have been some reports of parents not vaccinating because it could lead to other illnesses -- and some parents simply don't want to for religious reasons.
But all doctors agree, the best way for your child to be healthy is to start them out being immunized.