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2003 News from Mecklenburg County

March 7, 2003

Big Shot Saturday, March 8

Charlotte, NC – The weather is forecast to be perfect for the first Big Shot Saturday of 2003.  A convenient time and location should eliminate nearly all possible excuses for not getting your child's shot records up-to-date this weekend.

This Saturday, March 8, clinic nurses from the Mecklenburg County Health Department will be at the K-Mart at 2701 Freedom Drive from 9 a.m. to 11a.m. for Big Shot Saturday.  

Big Shot Saturday is a yearlong effort targeting kids aged 2 months to 12 years to get their required childhood immunizations.  It's also a convenient option for parents, too.  The Saturday hours 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.

North Carolina state law requires kids to have update immunizations records in order to be enrolled in school.  Through the Big Shot Saturday campaign, the Mecklenburg County Health Department is providing parents with an opportunity to update shot records or get a jump on the back-to-school rush for immunizations that will start this summer.

Other Big Shot Saturday dates have been set for April 12 and May 10.

Childhood immunizations are free through the Health Department.  The only requirement is that parents bring their child's immunization records.  This will let the clinic nurses know what shots are needed.

Walk-in patients are always welcome at the Health Department, but appointments are recommended.  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


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