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2002 News from Mecklenburg County

May 10, 2002

‘BIG SHOT SATURDAY’ PROVIDES WEEKEND OPPORTUNITY
FOR KIDS TO GET SHOT RECORDS UP-TO-DATE

 

Charlotte, NC – Beat the back-to-school rush for updated immunizations at Big Shot Saturday!  The Mecklenburg County Health Department is offering a unique opportunity Saturday, May 11, for parents to get their kids’ shots up-to-date. 

Clinic nurses from the Mecklenburg County Health Department will be at the K-Mart at 2701 Freedom Drive from 9:00am to 11:00am for Big Shot Saturday.     

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. 

Big Shot Saturday is a yearlong crusade targeting kids ages 2 months to 12 years.  It’s a convenient option for parents who want 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 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. 

Parents or guardians can always make an appointment to have their children immunized by calling the Mecklenburg County Health Department at 704-336-6500. 

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, click here.



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