Program Gives Kids Dose Of Protection

Topeka (WIBW) - It's time for kids to get their back to school vaccinations. This year, it will be a little easier for some families to do that now that one of Topeka's major pediatric clinics has joined a state program.

The Vaccines for Children program ensures all kids get their immunizations, regardless of their ability to pay.

Dr. Michael Cotter says, in the past, patients of Topeka's PediatricCare, where he practices, who were on Medicaid or were underinsured, would have to go to the health department to get their shots. But earlier this year, the clinic signed on with the Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment as an approved site for the Vaccines for Children program.

Dr. Cotter says being part of the program helps families coordinate all their health care in one place. He says, before, it was very easy for children to fall behind because it could be difficult for parents to make a trip to a second location, coordinating when to get off work to go to the health department and arrange transporation.

Since joining the program in February, PediatricCare has given more than 3100 vaccines to more than 1000 patients, all kids who'll have a better shot at a healthy future.

August is Immunization Awareness Month. If your child is not a PediatricCare patient, the Shawnee County Health Agency has a walk-in immunization clinic available. It's hours of operation are:

Monday: 8 – 11 a.m. 1 – 4 p.m.
Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. 3 – 6 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 – 11 a.m. 2 – 4 p.m.
Thursday: 8 – 11 a.m. 1 – 4 p.m.
Friday: 8 – 11 a.m. 1 – 4 p.m.


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