Free Immunizations, Booster Seats for School-Aged Children at Upcoming El Rio Clinics

Just in time for school to start, El Rio Community Health Center is offering free immunizations for youngsters.

With the help of its community partners, including Tucson Medical Center, parents are encouraged to bring their children, ages five through 18, to any of three upcoming clinics before the end of July. The first one takes place this Saturday.

Families will also find a host of other resources as well, from free dental and vision screenings, to book giveaways, to children’s activities and information about obtaining healthcare insurance.

“It really has turned into an even more robust event than we have had in the past and will really serve as a great resource for families in the community,” said Brenda Goldsmith, executive director of the El Rio Health Center Foundation.

Tucson Medical Center will be providing complimentary booster seats at the events, The additional height of a booster helps seat belts rest at the appropriate contact points along a child’s hips and shoulders, but using them has become even more important  now that a new law will require them for children between the ages of 5 and 8.

“Families who are heading to the immunization clinics are actively engaged in keeping their children safe, so it’s a perfect opportunity to make sure they can also comply with the law, when it takes effect Aug. 2,” said Hope Thomas, the director of volunteer services and community programs.

The upcoming events will take place at the following times and locations:

•Saturday, July 21: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club — Roy Drachman Clubhouse, 5901 South Santa Clara

•Thursday, July 26: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club — Frank & Edith Morton Clubhouse, 3155 E. Grant Road;

•Saturday, July 28: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club — Holmes Tuttle Clubhouse, 2585 E. 36th St.

Meslissa Weisphal, the manager of patient care services in the pediatrics department at TMC, encouraged parents and guardians to participate. “Immunizing your child is not only a service to them, but also to those in the community whose immune systems may not be strong enough to fight these preventable contagious diseases.”

The event is supported by the El Rio Health Center Foundation, as well as Tucson Medical Center, Tucson Federal Credit Union and Delta Dental of Arizona. For more information, please call 205-4947.

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