Metropolitan Health District

School starts in less than three weeks for most kids in the San Antonio area.  If your child has not gotten his or her first or updated vaccinations, there are numerous opportunities to get that taken care of.

A Metro Health clinic is in the Frank Garrett Center at 1226 Northwest 18th Street.  It’s open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is accepting walk-ins.  An immunization event is also taking place this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Wonderland of the Americas Mall.

There are some things that parents need to bring with them.


Measles, whooping cough, and other long since forgotten diseases are making a come back. A new PBS Nova special "Vaccines: Calling The Shots" wants to take us back to school on the subject of vaccines.
It explores the thought and history behind vaccinations. 

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San Antonio is on the verge of falling below the favorable vaccine rate for measles prevention. In order for communities to accurately prevent the spread of measles, at least 90 percent or higher of the population must be immunized against the disease.  

Anna Dragsbaek is president of The Immunization Partnership, a Texas-based group, and said according to the CDC, Bexar County is right at the threshold.

In the first segment:

Payday lenders and their legislative allies managed to defeat a bill in the Texas Legislature this past session, and they have a whole host of tricks to get around laws in other states.

We talk with ProPublica writer Paul Kiel, who has written extensively on the subject in his Debt Inc. series,  about the arsenal of financial products and loopholes that payday lenders exploit in order to get around laws in states all across the country.

Metropolitan Health District

Just a few weeks before school begins, when many parents bring in their kids in for back-to-school shots, the City of San Antonio's Metropolitan Health District downtown immunization clinic will close and move to the West Side.

While the  majority of immunizations in the city are given by primary care physicians and other clinics, Metro Health’s new hub is expected to give up to 15,000 vaccinations per year.