August is Immunization Awareness Month

Posted at 12:08 PM, Aug 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-01 14:08:55-04

School is almost back in session in many of the districts in southern Colorado and it’s time to make sure that your kids are current on their vaccinations. 

In an effort to protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases, El Paso County Public Health is joining with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month.

A free vaccine clinic is being offered for children who are eligible at the "Back to school Summerfest" event on Saturday August 4th, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The event is being held at Deerfield Hills Community Center, located at 4290 Deerfield Hills Rd.

El Paso County Public Health is partnering with the YMCA, Harrison School District 2 and Deerfield Hills Community Center to host the event. 

Dr. Robin Johnson, medical director of El Paso County Public Health says,

 “Vaccines have had an enormous impact on improving the health of children in the United States and locally,”

Dr. Johnson says, “Summerfest" provides a convenient opportunity to learn more and to join in preventing disease, both in one’s own children and in the community."

Children eligible for free vaccines are those who have CHP+, Medicaid, no insurance, or whose insurance does not cover vaccines. The clinic will offer most required and recommended vaccinations for children ages four through 18 while supplies last. Vaccine records are required. Additionally, a Medicaid or CHP+ card is required for those who are on Medicaid or CHP+.