More than 100 kids get free back-to-school immunization

By Arleen Gomez….

A teenager receives a free back-to-school vaccination at Tamiami Park.

With the beginning of the school year approaching, Miami-Dade Commission chair Joe A. Martinez offered free vaccinations to children up to age 18 years with the help of the Miami-Dade Health Department on Aug. 16.

Parents lined up with their children at Tamiami Park Recreation Room in West Miami-Dade, with more than 100 vaccinations being administered that day. Trained medical staff from the Health Department was on hand to administer all the required and recommended vaccinations. Children who received their immunizations during the event also received a free book bag.

“Events like this and the annual health fair that I sponsor allow residents to receive some of the preventative healthcare they need at no cost,” Martinez said. “According to the Florida Department of Health, Miami-Dade County is well below the 80 to 95 percent vaccination threshold that protects communities from outbreaks and this is exactly why we must continue to create awareness and inform the residents of this county of the importance of maintaining all immunizations up-to-date.”

For more information, contact Martinez’s office at 305-552-1155.

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