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Children Get Free Immunizations to Get Ready for School

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With only one month left to until students head back to class, parents who attended the Early Education and Care's Healthy Start already got a Jump start on school preparations. 

Immunizations, physicals, dental check-ups, eye exams, and some schools supplies were available to families for free at the Bay County Fair Grounds. Friday.

Pam Fleege, Executive Director, Early Education and Care, Inc. said "We know that family's don't always have the means to get their kids ready to go back to school, and considering that we serve a population that is at risk, who are always struggling to get their children to get ready to go back to school, this helps them get ready." 

Mother of 4, Jessica Edwards, said, "It eliminates time waiting in the doctors office, and having to call and make those appointments and you can actually come out and see the other things in the environment, and benefit from it.

Volunteers, including doctors and dentists, Took part in the event, teaching the children and families different tactics for staying healthy. 

"It's all funded through donations from the local community, the local community is wonderful, they have a very giving heart, they donate the back packs, they donate the school supplies, and they donate their time," said Fleege.

Under the vaccines for children plan, most young Florida residents are eligible for free immunizations at any time, so it's not too late to get started.

Tracy Adams, Clinic Nursing Supervisor, Florida Department of Health said, "The closer you get towards school time, the longer your wait can be, so we do advise to come in now before the wait gets too long, we are already seeing a huge influx of people."

The event also included bounce houses, police demonstrations, and treats for the kids to ease the pain after their painful shots were finished.