By Joseph Pratt
The immunization van from Ohio University will be parked at Minford Elementary on Friday, April 11, from 9:30 a.m. until noon, and from 1-3 p.m, and will be offering free immunizations for children ages birth through 18 years. This is an opportunity for children to receive boosters especially those entering preschool, kindergarten, 7th grad,e and college. The event is open to the public and not just students enrolled in Minford School District.
The event has been coordinated for 16 years by Minford Elementary nurse Debra Daniels. Daniels told the Times that she encourages everyone to participate in the immunization clinic, not just those without insurance or of low economic status.
“This partnership is extremely important. It helps the parents out, because it is convenient and free. The sixth grade students, for example, can be taken out of class, visit the van for ten minutes and then return to class,” she said.
Daniels said that she sent both of her daughters to the clinic while they were in school, because she trusts the nurses in the immunization van and they also offer. Daniels said that some booster shots can range up to $200 if they are received elsewhere.
“I am encouraging students from sixth grade and seniors to get their booster, because it saves a lot of money. Some might be hesitant to participate because it is free, but this is what these nurses do on a daily basis and their immunizations are fresh. They know the ins and outs of immunizations I feel very confidante in having them here,” she said.
Ohio University said that the Minford event is always the most successful immunization they host in Scioto County. They average around 60 students in attendance for each event. All parents need to do is bring their child and their immunization record to the elementary gym area on April 11, 2014.
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