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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, September 8, 2011
Dr. Diana Yu, Thurston County Health Officer, 360-867-2501
Mary Ann O'Garro, Thurston County Public Health & Social Services, 360-867-2525

Back-to-School Immunization Clinic to Help Local Students

OLYMPIA - Thurston County students have an opportunity to obtain school required immunizations at no cost on Saturday, September 17th. A Back-to-School Immunization Clinic will be held at Group Health Cooperative's Olympia Medical Center at 700 Lilly Road NE, in Olympia. The clinic will run from 10 am - 2 pm and is sponsored by Thurston County Public Health and Social Services, Group Health Cooperative, and the Thurston County Medical Reserve Corps.

This clinic is being held for Pre-school through 8th grade students who do not have all of the required immunizations needed for school. According to Dr. Diana Yu, Thurston County Health Officer, "Many families in our region do not have insurance or a regular medical provider. We very much appreciate Group Health signing on to protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases." Group Health is providing their clinic facility and supplies at no cost.

In addition to Group Health, the Thurston County Medical Reserve Corps is staffing the clinic. The Medical Reserve Corps includes local licensed medical professionals and many others who have volunteered to help in the event of a disaster or health emergency. Sue Poyner, Public Health Preparedness Coordinator for the Health Department, said "Well over 100 highly skilled and trained professionals are ready to act in an emergency. The clinic gives us the opportunity to exercise our ability to conduct a coordinated, efficient response".

A parent or legal guardian must accompany children to the clinic. No pre-registration is required, and immunizations are available on a first come first serve basis. Parents and guardians should bring immunization records. No one will be denied services because of lack of insurance. No immunization exemptions or waivers will be signed.

More information about this clinic, including a list of available immunizations, can be found on the web at http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/health/personalhealth/immunizations/backtoschoolclinic.htmlor via the Public Health Information Line at 360-709-3080.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3