Free immunization clinic and health fair Saturday for mandatory school vaccinations

JR Ortega By JR Ortega

Aug. 18, 2010 at 3:18 a.m.

School is around the corner, which means so are up-to-date mandatory student immunization records.

Children, newborn to 18 years old, can receive any needed immunization as well as vision, dental and other health screenings for free at Saturday's 17th annual Shots Across Texas and Wellness Roundup.

The three Victoria Rotary Clubs, in collaboration with Victoria College and other local healthcare providers, are hosting the event, which brought 250 people for 116 immunizations last year.

"We hope to improve and increase our numbers," said JoAnne Settles, co-chair of the Victoria Sunrise Rotary. "We are so excited to be back at Victoria College and in our new health science building. It's a perfect venue."

Several new exhibits this year are aimed at increasing the numbers.

The Texas Zoo representatives will speak about safety with animals and immunizations, the Head Start groups will do hearing screenings as well as immunizations. The John Wesley Nurses Group will do free blood pressure and sugar checks for the adults.

Also this year's clinic is bringing in the Head Start's health fair, which has been held at the First Methodist Church.

"It's more health in one area," Settles said.

The clinic is holding the event this month to coincide with August being National Immunization Awareness month.

Aside from immunizations and health information for parents, face painting will be offered for children's entertainment.

The wellness roundup is also an opportunity for first-year nursing students at the college, she said.

Some students will help where needed at the wellness roundup to get a feel for the nursing field.

"They are going to be here to do anything and everything they can to make the community health project go forth," she said.



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