Childhood immunization clinic held in Butler County

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) A childhood immunization clinic is being held Friday (May 3) in Butler County.

The walk-in clinic (4 years old & up) is from 8 to 5 p.m. at the The Butler County Health Department (206 N. Griffith El Dorado). Appointments can also be made by calling the health department at (316) 321-3400.

Immunization Coordinator Lindsey Jones says this clinic is a great way to help protect those who are immunocompromised as well as children under 15 months who don't have all their vaccines yet. She says people won't be turned away for not having insurance.

"A lot of people don't realize, they think that if they can't pay for the vaccine, they can't get their children vaccinated, but there are programs available," said Jones.

The Vaccines for Children Program is a federally funded program through the CDC that provides vaccines free of charge to children who otherwise may not be able to afford them.

There are seven vaccines that Kansas law requires children to receive before attending daycare or school - unless they have a religious or medical exemption.The CDC recently changed its school requirements and children now must get the Hepatitis A and Meningococcal vaccines.

"I think it will help with the missed opportunities of children getting vaccinated and get the word out there that we are here to do that," Jones said.

Jones expect to see several hundred people attend the clinic. She says this is a great way to make sure children in the butler county area have a way to get vaccinated.

Small prizes will be available for kids that receive vaccines and families can enter a drawing for a bigger prize.