Health Alliance Plan (HAP) wants to help students get ready for the next school year. For some kids that means shots to prevent diseases such as measles, mumps and hepatitis.
HAP is offering free and low-cost immunizations for school-aged children at its Summer Health and Fun Fair on Saturday, Aug. 4. The fair will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at HAP’s Flint location at 2050 S. Linden Road. The immunizations will be administered by the Genesee County Health Department.
There will be free food, carnival games, prizes, face painting, balloon sculptures, a DJ with a dance competition and a Double Dutch rope jumping demonstration. A petting zoo and options to explore fire trucks and police cars will also be available.
There will also be health insurance experts onsite to help attendees determine health insurance status.
Every child who receives an immunization will receive a copy of his or her Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR) record, which will serve as his or her official immunization document.
Shuttle service from the Genesee Valley Center Mall and the Flint MTA Transfer Center will be offered.
“Nobody wants to see their child or any of their schoolmates suffer unnecessarily from a preventable disease,” says Dr. Mike Genord, chief medical officer of HAP. “When you vaccinate your child, you’re protecting your family, and other vulnerable members of the community from potential complications that can lead to serious illness.”
Children attending the HAP fair must have a parent or legal guardian with them to receive an immunization. Adult guardians accompanying children should bring identification, proof of their guardianship agreement and a health insurance card. Families without proof of health insurance may qualify to receive free immunizations or may be required to pay a small fee.
Many onsite community partners will offer information to keep residents well. Partners include Genesee County Health Department, Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, Crim Fitness Foundation, Mott Community College, University of Michigan, Kettering University, Flint Mass Transit Authority, Flint Children’s Museum, Sloan Museum, Genesee Health Plan and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and more.
Immunizations are required for children four to 18 years old who are attending or planning to enroll in Flint Community Schools. Parents of children in this age range can visit flintschools.org or contact (810) 767-6273 for more information.
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