Free immunizations in Contra Costa Co.

April 25, 2008 5:18:14 AM PDT
Free immunizations for children will be available at clinics hosted by Contra Costa Health Services in Richmond, Concord and Pittsburg to celebrate National Infant Immunization Week, which is April 25 - May 2, and Toddler Immunization Month in May.

The three clinics are all on Fridays: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 25 in Richmond; 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. May 2 in Concord; and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 16 in Pittsburg.

The clinics are scheduled at Richmond Health Center, First Floor, 39th Street and Bissell Avenue; Concord Public Health, 2355 Stanwell Circle; and Pittsburg Health Center, 2311 Loveridge Road.

Vaccinations will be given free to anyone under the age of 19. The clincs are being hosted by the Public Health Division of the county health department, Contra Costa Health Services, which is arranging for a large contingent of nurses at each site.

"These clinics are a way for families to get all of their children the needed vaccines. They also can avoid the late summer rush of students needing vaccinations for school or before leaving for college," said Erika Jenssen, Immunization Coordinator for Contra Costa Health Services.

"Vaccinations will be given against polio, pertussis or whooping cough, diphtheria, human papillomavirus and other diseases."

To receive vaccinations, reservations are not needed, just show up. It is better to bring your vaccination record to the clinic, but it is not required. To get more information, call CCHS Communicable Disease Programs at 925-313-6767. Childhood immunizations is the topic of the latest podcast by CCHS Director William Walker at www.cchealth.org


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