FLORENCE, AZ – Each year, thousands of children become ill from diseases that could have been prevented by basic childhood immunizations. Countless more miss time from day care and school because they are under-immunized or inappropriately immunized.
Pinal County Public Health Services District will be hosting Free Back-to-School Immunization walk-in Clinics on the following days in July and August:
Kearny – 355 Alden Road – Wednesdays 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Oracle – 1870 West American Avenue – Wednesday, August 10th and 2nd Friday of the month 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Mammoth – 110 Main Street – Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Superior – 60 East Main Street – 3rd Thursday of the month 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Apache Junction - 575 North Idaho Street, Suite 301 – Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Coolidge – 119 West Central – Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Casa Grande – 820 East Cottonwood Lane, Building E – Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Stanfield – 36711 West Papago Drive – The 2nd Wednesday of the month 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Maricopa – Mobile Health Clinic at 44625 West Garvey Avenue – Wednesdays 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Required school immunizations are provided at no cost to you. We ask that you bring your child or childrens’ immunization records with you. There will be no questions regarding residency status as proof of residency is not required. The goal is to vaccinate every child to prevent childhood diseases.
Please do not miss this opportunity to have your children vaccinated before school starts!
“A fully vaccinated child is protected against 14 serious and sometimes deadly diseases,” said Tom Schryer, Pinal County Public Health Director. “These are diseases that are completely preventable with immunizations. We are urging all Pinal County families to ensure that their children are up-to-date on immunizations. Shots are free for children 18 and under.”
If you are unable to attend any of these events, please call 1-866-960-0633 to find a public health clinic near you to ensure that your child receives the proper immunizations before school begins.
Facts about childhood immunizations:
• Pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes - Title 15 Education - Section 15-872, a child shall not be allowed to attend school without submitting documentary proof of immunizations to the school administrator unless the child is exempted from immunization.
• Infants are the most vulnerable population when it comes to infectious diseases. It is critical to protect them through proper immunization.
• Vaccinations are cost effective. Did you know that for every dollar spent on vaccinating a child, there will be a direct savings of $6.30 in medical costs? If you factor in the indirect savings (time lost from work due to sickness or disability) that figure jumps to $18.49 per every dollar spent on vaccinations.
• A high vaccination rate among children reduces the chance of an epidemic, thus playing a critical role in safeguarding public health not only on a local level but globally as well.
• In a study presented to the Pediatric Academic Societies Conference, immunizations prevent 10.5 million cases of infectious illness and 33,000 deaths in the United States.
• Childhood immunizations have wiped out Small Pox, Diphtheria and Polio in the United States. There have been dramatic decreases in measles, mumps and rubella. It is important that parents have their children immunized to prevent a resurgence of wiped out diseases.
• Pinal County Public Health and other healthcare providers are an excellent source for understanding what immunizations a child needs for school entry.
• Vaccine safety is at an all-time high. Vaccines are rigorously tested before placed on the open market. Several agencies, including the CDC and Pinal County Public Health monitor the safety of vaccines.
• It is important that healthcare providers and parents share the responsibility for making sure a child is fully immunized by the age of two.
Created at 7/28/2011 2:53 PM by System Account
Last modified at 7/28/2011 2:53 PM by System Account
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