Sherri Willis, the public information officer for the Alameda County Public Health Department, said that when she worked in OUSD, hundreds of kids would miss the first few days of school — in some cases, more — as a result.
Some families wait until mid-summer to make an appointment with their pediatrician and can’t get one in time, or they misplace their records, she said.
But don’t panic! You can take advantage of the public health department’s free and low-cost immunization program. It’s designed for uninsured families, but everyone can use the service — no questions asked, Willis said.
Check out the clinic locations, dates and times here. Most are first come, first served. If you have immunization questions, you can call (510) 267-3230. Here’s an updated schedule of required shots, if you’re interested.
By the way, I’ve fallen way behind on my medical news: I just learned that the chicken pox is no longer a rite of passage for school-age kids! As a survivor, I feel gypped.
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