Back to School Fair at University Health Conway

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - With school right around the corner, kids will need more than just school supplies to get in the classroom. They will also need their shots.

"Because the schools will not allow kids to enter Pre-k, middle school, or high school, unless their immunizations are up to date," says Physician Cynthia Brown-Manning.

Getting your kids vaccinated before school is required by Louisiana law, but Manning says myths as old as 15 years have scared people away.

British surgeon Andrew Wakefield published an article in 1997 claiming it caused autism.

"Well, last year that research was found not to be valid, no one could prove it, he fabricated a majority of the data," says Manning.

Manning says there will always be disagreements about the effects of getting vaccinated, but its required by law, and for parents who haven't gotten their kids vaccinated yet, can do so at the Family Medicine Clinic's Back to School Fair on Wednesday.

"They can get a copy of their shot record or receive immunizations, or just be seen by a physician for primary care, and they will also receive free school supplies," says Manning.

In addition to backpacks and school supplies, people here at Family Medicine Clinic will also be handing out immunization schedules so parents can keep track of their child's vaccinations.