Free Back-to-School Immunization Clinic Scheduled
July 16, 2009
Families can get ready for school by getting the vaccines they need at a free immunization clinic.
Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) and GFWC Woman's Club of Antioch have partnered to provide free immunizations for children. The immunization clinic will be held at the Woman's Club of Antioch Clubhouse, 509 G Street in Antioch on Wednesday, August 5 from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. No appointments or reservations are necessary and participants will be served on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Parents are asked to bring their child's immunization record. Flu vaccine will not be available at this clinic.
"Childhood immunizations are important to protect children from dangerous diseases." said Erika Jenssen, CCHS' Immunization Coordinator. "Without them, children can be at risk for potentially deadly diseases that still lurk in our communities."
Vaccines against the measles, chickenpox, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and polio, which are required for school entry, will be given to anyone under the age of 19. Free tetanus and whooping cough vaccine will also be available for adults.
"During these tough economic times, we're glad to be able to partner with Contra Costa Health Services to provide this critical service to our neighbors for free," said Elizabeth Rimbault, GFWC Woman's Club of Antioch.
Jenssen said the free vaccines will also help protect the whole community.
"Diseases spread more easily from person to person if people don't have all their shots," said Jenssen. "By getting immunized, we not only protect ourselves, we protect our loved ones, our teachers and our community."
Vaccines are also available at CCHS' Public Health Immunization Clinics throughout the county. Clinic locations and immunization information is available online at www.cchealth.org/services/immunization/.
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