The first of four Big Shot Saturday programs, offering school-aged children a chance to receive needed immunizations.
North Carolina law requires that all school-aged children must be up to date on their shots in order to stay in school. Children whose families cannot provide proof of immunizations by Sept. 25 will not be permitted to attend classes.
Big Shot Saturday enables parents to have their children immunized without missing work or spending time in doctors offices. Children are served on a first-come, first-served basis.
Saturdays program will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Mecklenburg County Health Department, 249 Billingsley Road, off Randolph Road in southeast Charlotte. The first 100 children to arrive will be given immunizations.
Officials say there are fees charged for some types of vaccines.
Subsequent Big Shot Saturdays will be: Sept. 14 at the health departments Billingsley Road location; Sept. 21 at Berry Academy, 1430 Alleghany Street; and Sept. 28 at the health departments office at 2845 Beatties Ford Road.
In addition, parents can make an appointment for vaccinations by calling the health department at 704-336-6500.
Big Shot Saturday is supported by the Childrens Medical Fund, a program of the Foundation of the Carolinas; the Junior League of Charlotte; Speedway Childrens Charities; and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
Steve Lyttle: 704-358-6107 Twitter: @slyttle
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