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Health Department Hosts Free Shot Clinic

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Immunizations are a necessary part of getting back to school for kids, especially for certain ages.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County offers those shots for free.

"We want them to have as good of an experience as they can," Tracy Adams, Clinic Nursing Supervisor at the Florida Department of Health.

Shots can be scary for young kids, but they are a necessary part of getting back to school.

"Once they start school if they are not up to date they will send A letter home," said Adams. "Which means the children can't come back to school until they get their shots done."

In an effort to help parents and kids get school-ready,  The Florida Department of Health hosted a shot blast clinic. 

"One of the purposes of having this on Saturday is to capture those parents who work Monday through Friday and have a hard time getting in during regular business hours," said Adams.

"Our big push here is really about our shots," said Laura McKinney, Clinic Manager. "We are here to help kids who are getting ready to go to school... so they'll be ready on that first day of school."

The Health Department will be open from 8am to 1pm and again from 1:30 to 3:30 on August 12th to the 16th, then again for the same hours on August 19th.

All immunizations are given on a walk-in basis.

The Health department expects big crowds as it gets closer to the start of school.  

"The days are getting busier and busier," said Adams. "Don't wait till the last minute, the longer you wait till it gets really close to school starting the longer your wait can be."

The vaccines are free, but it is important to be prepared.

"Parents, make sure your children have had something to eat," said Adams. "Please bring a copy of your shot records with you just in case we don't have it on file.. You'll have it and we can put it all in to our system."

The Health Department offers all childhood immunizations that are recommended by the Center for Disease Control.

For more information about what immunizations are needed at each age, visit the CDC's web site.