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Abramson, School, Health Leaders Give Kids ‘Best Shot’ at Health Immunizations

Friday July 18, 2003

Mayor Jerry Abramson today joined officials with the Jefferson County Public School System, the Jefferson County Medical Society and The Louisville Metro Health Department to urge parents to get their children immunized before the start of the school year.

Nearly one-third of the school children in Louisville Metro don’t have the immunizations they need to protect them against serious and debilitating diseases. To help with the effort, Abramson this morning unveiled the “Best Shot” program – an awareness campaign designed to get the word about the importance and availability of immunizations for area children.

“All of us parents want the very best for our kids and we want them to do the very best they can do in school,” Abramson said in announcing the program at an immunization clinic at Rangeland Elementary School in Newburg. “Our kids can’t do well in school, though, if they are not there.”

Jefferson County Public School Superintendent Stephen Daeschner, Louisville Metro Health Department Interim Director Kraig Humbaugh and Dr. Michael Needleman of the Jefferson County Medical Society joined Abramson in announcing the program.
 
If a child needs a shot, parents should call their pediatrician, Abramson said. Or, parents can also get their children immunized at BEST SHOT clinics throughout the community over the next several weeks. The clinics are being set up by the Louisville Metro Health Department. A complete list of clinic sites is attached.

No appointments are necessary at the clinics, which are located at Neighborhood Place facilities and schools throughout Louisville Metro. Shots are $10 each. Medical cards are accepted. No one will be turned away because of inability to pay.

Parents must bring children’s shot records and children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Kentucky law requires children entering daycare, Early Childhood Programs, Jump Start, or school for the first time as well as those transferring from another state to be current on all required immunizations. Certain other immunizations are required for children entering the 6th grade. Schools must keep a current immunization c

ertificate on file for each student, and students may be excluded from school if they are not current on all their shots.

Humbaugh said the immunization effort will be an ongoing one. Parents can make appointments to bring their children to a Neighborhood Place, a Family Health Center location or with their private physician.
 
“Today, in 2003, we live an average of 45 years longer than we did in 1903, in no small measure due to the control of infectious diseases through immunizations,” Humbaugh said. “Yet, as in many urban areas, we here in Louisville are still faced with some of the same infectious diseases we saw 100 years ago . . . We must continue and step up our immunization activities to prevent community-wide outbreaks of infectious diseases.”

Louisville Metro Health Department BEST SHOT Immunization Clinics Saturday Ujima Neighborhood Place 10 AM – 2 PM July 19, 2003

3610 Bohne Avenue Tuesday Portland Neighborhood House 8 AM – 5 PM July 22, 2003

25th & Duncan Streets Wednesday Portland Neighborhood House 12 Noon – 8 PM July 23, 2003

25th & Duncan Streets Thursday Bridges of Hope Neighborhood Place 9 AM – 3 PM July 24, 2003 1411 Algonquin Parkway Thursday Westport Middle School 11 AM – 1 PM July 31, 2003

8100 Westport Road 5 PM – 7 PM Friday Dixie Health Center 10 AM – 2 PM August 8, 2003

7219 Dixie Highway Saturday Stuart Middle School 9 AM – 12 Noon August 9, 2003

4601 Valley Station Road Saturday Shelby Park Community Center 12 Noon – 3 PM August 9, 2003

Shelby Park Thursday Cane Run Neighborhood Place 12 Noon – 6 PM August 21, 2003

3410 Lees Lane Monday Iroquois High School 8:30 AM – 2 PM August 25, 2003

4615 Taylor Boulevard Tuesday Iroquois High School 8:30 AM – 2 PM August 26, 2003 4615 Taylor Boulevard 

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