2010-08-14 / News

Free immunization clinic set for August 14

LANCASTER – Do you ever wonder why our country doesn’t have the number of communicable disease outbreaks that other countries suffer? At the heart of public health is the goal to eliminate those serious and often fatal illnesses, which pass from person to person.

For this reason, organizations in our community have teamed up to sponsor a free childhood immunization clinic. Sponsored by the Lancaster Rotary Club, Fairfield Department of Health, United Way, and Fairfield Medical Center Foundation, the clinic will provide immunizations free of charge to children entering kindergarten in Fairfield County and surrounding counties. The clinic will be held on August 14, 2010 at the Community Health- Fest located at Fairfield Christian Church, 1965 North Columbus Street in Lancaster from 9a.m. – 1 p.m. However, to ensure that your children receive their immunizations, it is recommended that you arrive no later than noon.

Parents must bring an updated copy of their child’s immunization record to be eligible for this service. Immunizations will be given according to the requirements set forth by the Ohio Department of Health for school enrollment.

The only immunization not being given at this clinic is the varicella (chicken pox) vaccine because the vaccine needs to be kept frozen. Parents will receive a voucher to obtain this vaccination at a later time and date at the Fairfield Department of Health.

In addition to these childhood immunizations for children entering kindergarten, a limited number of the required Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) booster vaccination for children entering 7th grade this year will be offered. If you have any further questions, you may contact your physician or call the Fairfield Department of Health at (740) 653-4489.

For specific information about communicable diseases and your health department role, please log-on to www.myfdh.org or call (740) 653-4489 and ask for the Communicable Disease Nurse.

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