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Parents Urged to Get Children Immunized; Health Department Offers Back to School Shots

Wednesday August 4, 2004

More than one-third of the school children in Louisville Metro don’t have the immunizations they need to protect them against serious and debilitating diseases.

That’s why Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, Health Department Director Dr. Adewale Troutman and Jefferson County School Superintendent Dr. Stephen Daeschner today urged parents to make sure their children get immunized before the school year begins on August 17th.

Over the next few weeks, the Louisville Metro Health Department will hold a series of “Best Shot” immunization clinics to provide the shots children need to enter school and be protected.
Kentucky law requires immunizations for children entering daycare, Early Childhood Programs, Jump Start, or school for the first time as well as those transferring from another state. Certain other immunizations are required for children entering the 6th grade. Schools must keep a current immunization certificate on file for each student, and students may be excluded from school if they are not current on all their shots.
“As parents, we want to protect our kids and help them do the very best they can do in school,” said Abramson said. “Our kids can’t do well in school, though, if they are not there because of disease or illness.”

Superintendent Daeschner said, “We want our children to return to school ready to learn. Being up to date on all immunizations certainly is an important part of being ready to learn.”

If a child needs shots, parents should call their pediatrician to schedule an appointment or take their children to one of the “Best Shot” clinics conducted by the Health Department over the next few weeks, Dr. Troutman said. “Children must be immunized to guard them against potentially deadly diseases,” Dr. Troutman said.
“Many parents may think that these diseases are a thing of the past but they are not. For example, every year our community has 50 to 60 cases of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough.”

To take advantage of the Best Shot clinics, parents must bring their children’s immunization records. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Due to federal guidelines, children will be screened for eligibility in the Vaccines for Children Program. For qualifying children, most shots cost $10. Passport and private health insurance are accepted. No one will be turned away because of inability to pay.

Parents may make an appointment to have their children immunized at one of the following Best Shot locations:
Neighborhood Place - East 810 Barret Avenue 574-6680
Neighborhood Place - Bridges of Hope 1411 Algonquin Parkway 634-6077
Newburg Health Center 4810 Exeter Avenue 458-0778
Highview Health Center 7201 Outer Loop 231-1459
Middletown Health Center 200 Juneau Drive 245-1074
Dixie Health Center 7219 Dixie Highway 937-7277
Family Health Center, Portland 2215 Portland Avenue 774-8631
Family Health Center, Iroquois 4100 Taylor Boulevard 366-4747
Family Health Center, Dixie 7219 Dixie Highway 995-5051
Family Health Center, East Broadway 914 E. Broadway 583-1981

Parents do not need to make an appointment at these special Best Shot clinics:
Date Day Place Time
August 5 Thursday Highview Health Center 7201 Outer Loop 8:15 - 10:15 PM 12:30 - 3:30 PM
August 7 Saturday The Lighthouse 5312 Old Shepherdsville Road 9AM - 2PM
August 14 Saturday Victory Park 1051 S. 23rd Street 10AM - 1PM
August 14 Saturday PortShaw Community Center 3717 W. Market Street 9AM - 1PM August 26 Thursday Neighborhood Place Cane Run 3410 Lees Lane 12 Noon - 6PM August 28 Saturday Kingdom Land Baptist Church 1822 S. 11th Street (where 7th & 11th meet) 9AM - 2PM