HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Child wellness screening is an annual back-to-school ritual to make sure they are growing and thriving and protected from infection with the right immunizations.
“Our mobile health center is in the community, we alternate weekends and throughout the week we provide immunizations for the uninsured, as well as school physicals and health exams,” said Jennifer Reilly-Miller, Director of Nursing.
Children entering daycare, nursery, pre-k, and kindergarten must have up-to-date measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines, or MMR, the varicella vaccine for chickenpox, the combined diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine, or DTaP, polio vaccine, pneumococcal vaccine, and hepatitis-B vaccine.
Children between the ages of 10 and 11 should receive a tetanus booster and a meningococcal vaccine to protect against meningitis.
And last but not least, the flu vaccine is recommended every year for both children and adults.
“By not getting vaccinated, you put yourself at risk for diseases that are obviously preventable. many of these can be very chronic in nature and really affect children’s overall health and well-being,” Reilly-Miller said.
There are free immunization programs in both Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Memorial Primary Care Center, 4105 Pembroke Rd., Hollywood.
From 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 12, at the Broward Health System Cora E. Braynon Family Health Center, 200 NW Seventh Ave., in Fort Lauderdale, and the Pediatric Primary Care Center Pompano, 601 W Atlantic Blvd, in Pompano Beach. Immunizations are free and physicals cost $30.
UHealth also has a mobile pediatric clinic that provides free medical care for children, including annual physicals, checkups, shots/immunizations, screenings and well visits.
Their schedule for the month of August is here: https://umiamihealth.org/treatments-services/pediatrics/uhealth-community-pediatrics-program/uhealth-pediatric-mobile-clinic/uhealth-pediatric-mobile-clinic-monthly-schedule
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