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2002 News from Mecklenburg County

August 9, 2002

SEASON’S FIRST ‘BIG SHOT SATURDAY’ IS GREAT OPPORTUNITY
TO GET KIDS’ SHOT RECORDS UP-TO-DATE
 

Charlotte, NC – North Carolina state law requires kids to have update immunizations records before the first day of school.  The Mecklenburg County Health Department is providing parents with an opportunity to beat the back-to-school rush for updated immunizations at the season’s first Big Shot Saturday.  

This Saturday, August 10, 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.   

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, make an appointment or spend time in a crowded clinic waiting room. 

Other Big Shot Saturday dates have been set for August 24, September 14 and 28, and October 12.   

Childhood immunizations are free through the Health Department.  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.

Walk-in patients are always welcome at the Health Department, but an appointment is recommended with so many families trying to immunizations in time for school.  Parents or guardians can call the  Mecklenburg County Health Department’s appointment line 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, check out our web site at http://www.meckhealth.org or click on the following link:  http://www.co.mecklenburg.nc.us/cohealth/Immunization/index.htm.



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