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Over Half Of Metro Schools 7th Graders Not Immunized

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Posted at 7:18 PM, Aug 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 16:45:38-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro parents have been notified. Students have until Friday to get their shots because on Monday morning those without them will not be able to return to school.

“I'm not trying to have him home all day eating up everything,” mother Michelle Brown said.

As of Tuesday afternoon more than 2,700 7th graders still need to be immunized. That's nearly 58 percent of the class.

Metro's Public Health Departments will provide immunizations at the Lentz, East and Woodbine walk-in clinics from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. It's free for families who do not have insurance.

Parents are reminded to bring their child’s shot records.

“By getting these immunizations they are going to be protected against measles, mumps, rubella and chicken pox,” Metro Health Department spokesman Brian Todd said.

Every year Metro Schools has to address this issue. But this year the numbers are higher than usual.

“I have four kids and a grandbaby. So I'm just like running, running, running,” Brown explained. “I just got a car. On the bus it's just a lot. You know and work. It's just too much.”

State law requires students to be immunized.

Time is running out before they begin to rack up unexcused absences.