PEOPLE’S COMMUNITY CLINIC TO HOST FREE, LAST CHANCE IMMUNIZATION CLINIC FOR STUDENTS HEADING BACK TO SCHOOL
AUSTIN, TX – (July 24, 2006) – People’s Community Clinic wi ll host a free immunization clinic on Saturday, August 12, 2006, in conjunction with Austin’s “Don’t Wait, Vaccinate” program. “Immunization Day,” will run from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and will be located at the People’s Community Clinic facility on 2909 N. IH 35. This is the last large-scale immunization opportunity in the Austin Independent School District (AISD) area prior to the start of the 2006-2007 school year.
Vaccinations will be administered by a specially trained team from the University of Texas at Austin (UT) School of Nursing Children’s Wellness Center (CWC). The clinic is made possible due to the generosity of Travis County Medical Alliance and St. David’s Community Health Foundation, with additional support from HEB.
In order to be eligible for the immunization clinic, children must qualify for the “Vaccine for Children” program – meaning they do not have health insurance or their health insurance does not cover immunizations. The Clinic will also accept Medicaid and CHIP participants. Interested parents and guardians are encouraged to come early in the day and bring their child’s shot records.
“Immunizations are a critical part of the overall wellness care for children and the community, providing important protection from many potentially serious, and yet, preventable diseases,” said Dr. Louis Appel, medical director and director of pediatric services, People’s Community Clinic. “Immunization Day is a service to our neighborhood, and represents the Clinic’s ongoing commitment to providing high quality medical care administered by highly qualified medical personnel in a comfortable and accommodating setting.”
According to AISD, there are more than 4,800 students who have not completed the required course of vaccinations and without complete immunizations those students will not be able to enroll in public school this fall. Last year, more than 370 children received their vaccinations through the People’s Community Clinic Immunization Day.
Parents and guardians looking for additional information on immunization schedules, requirements, and other immunization related information, can visit www.austinvaccinates.org. They can also contact their child’s school nurse or call Children’s/AISD Student Health Services Administrative Office at (512) 414-6171.
About People’s Community Clinic
People’s Community Clinic offers comprehensive, community-wide health care services that include family planning; prenatal care; pediatrics; adolescent medicine and adult medical care; as well as health education, prevention and social services. Founded in 1970, the Clinic is among the oldest and most successful independent clinics in the country providing high quality health care to thousands of uninsured and medically underserved children and adults each year.
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Fleishman-Hillard Austin (on behalf of People’s Community Clinic)