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2002 News from Mecklenburg County

April 12, 2002



Charlotte, NC – Beat the summer rush for updated immunizations at Big Shot Saturday!  The Mecklenburg County Health Department offers a unique opportunity this weekend for parents to get kids their current shots. 

This Saturday, clinic nurses from the Mecklenburg County Health Department will be at the K-Mart on Freedom Drive from 9:00am to 11:00am for Big Shot Saturday.  The K-Mart is at 2701 Freedom Drive.   

The newly required varicella (chicken pox) vaccine will not be available at this off-site shot clinic.  This particular vaccine must be kept frozen, which makes transporting it a problem. The immunization rule, which went into effect April 1, 2002, states that all children born on or after April 1, 2001 shall receive a dose of the varicella vaccine when they are between 12 and 19 months of age.  

The Health Department has plenty of the chicken pox vaccine on hand. Children needing it can have an appointment scheduled with the Health Department by calling 704-336-6500. 

Big Shot Saturday is a year-long crusade targeting kids ages 2 months to 12 years to get their required childhood immunizations.  It’s also a convenient option for parents, too.  The Saturday hours often times give parents a chance to get their children’s shots without having to miss work.

 Since 1993, the Health Department and the Junior League of Charlotte have partnered to promote and organize Big Shot Saturdays.  Junior League volunteers will be on hand this Saturday, too, to help the clinic nurses collect patient information.  

Childhood immunizations are free.  The only requirement is that parents bring their child’s shot records.  This will let the clinic nurses know what shots are needed.  By law, the childhood immunization series must be complete before your child will be allowed entry into school.

 The next Big Shot Saturday is scheduled for Saturday, May 11 at the same time and location.

 For more information about the Health Department’s clinical services or to see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s childhood immunization schedule in English or Spanish, check out our web site at or click on the following link:

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