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OKLAHOMA CITY –  The start of school is just a few weeks away, and health officials are helping Oklahoma City students get ready for the new school year with immunizations.

For the first time OKCPS, Oklahoma Caring Foundation and Oklahoma City-County Health Department will bring Caring Van clinics to designated school sites to promote immunizations before school begins.

School begins Monday, August 4th for Oklahoma City students.

“Students must have current immunizations to start school and we have thousands of children in the District who need updated vaccinations. In the past we have had students miss the start of school to get their needed shots; but thanks to the Caring Van this year we are being proactive and addressing the problem in a new way,” said Dr. Teri Bell, OKCPS Executive Director of Student Support Services.

Caring Vans will be available from 9am-3pm in the parking lots of the high schools below:

•             July 14th at John Marshall Mid-High School – 12201 N. Portland

•             July 15th at Douglass Mid-High – 900 Martin Luther King Blvd

•             July 16th at US Grant High School – 5016 S. Pennsylvania

•             July 17th at OK Centennial Mid-High School – 1301 NE 101st

•             July 21st at Star Spencer High School – 3001 N. Spencer Road, Spencer, OK.

•             July 22nd at Capitol Hill High School – 500 SW 36th

•             July 23rd at Northwest Classen High School – 2801 NW 27th

•             July 24th at Southeast High School –  5401 S. Shields Blvd

“By immunizing children during summer, we hope to lessen the number of clients and wait times at Oklahoma City County Health Department,” said Jenny Koetter, Caring Van Clinic Coordinator.

Spanish translators will be available at the US Grant, Capitol Hill, Northwest Classen and Southeast High School locations, all paperwork will also be available in Spanish.

Immunizations will be available for anyone under 18 and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Parents are encouraged to bring the most current immunization record but if not available the Caring Van staff will be able to locate it through records.

Caring Vans will also be available at two different Buy for Less locations Monday-Friday, from July 28th – August 1st between 10am-2pm and 4pm-7pm. In addition, Good Shepherd Community Clinic’s mobile will provide free sports physical for children in the evening and preventive dental services at selected locations. Crisis Services’ Baby Mobile will be available on Thursday from 10am-2pm and Friday 4pm-7pm to provide emergency baby needs including formula and diapers.

For more details, please visit www.okcps.org and click on the back to school tab or call the OKCPS Health Services office at 405.587.0245.