Parents and their children lined up at the Medical Care Mission in Abilene for their back to school shots Thursday. The Care Van, which travels all over Texas, was in town to provide free vaccinations to families that qualified.
Gail Anderson, the Care Van immunization coordinator, said Texas still has a little work to do.
"We're only at 79 percent for kids having all the shots they need. We'd like to get to at least 80 or 90 and we're working on that everyday," said Anderson.
Anderson said providing vaccinations free of charge becomes more important every year.
"The cost of insurance goes up every year, there's many people out of work and many businesses that no long give their employees insurance. So it's a great godsend for the parents," Anderson added.
Doctors said without vaccines, there could be a rebound of diseases that have been slowed or stopped.
"We've eradicated many diseases out there, but as we see they're coming back and that's because many parents, for religious reasons or other reasons, aren't immunizing their children," said Kate Woehl, a nursing professor at Texas Tech University.
Anderson said vaccines should be kept up no matter what your age group.
"We need to remember that we're just a plane ride away from an epidemic of any type of vaccine preventable disease," she said.