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Department of Public Health celebrates National Immunization Awareness Month, Provids Free Vaccines

In celebration of National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), the City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) is offering free vaccines during the Northeast Regional Command Community Health Fair on Saturday August 20, 2016 at Cohen Stadium.

Free vaccines are being made available to eligible clients who qualify under the Texas Vaccines for Children (TVFC) and the Adult Safety Net (ASN) programs.

Immunizations will be available for children (0-18yrs) who meet one of the TVFC eligibility criteria:

  • Medicaid eligible (ALL Texas Medicaid plans accepted)
  • Uninsured: a child who has no health insurance coverage
  • American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • Enrolled in CHIP (El Paso First)
  • Underinsured: a child with no insurance coverage for vaccinations or only partial coverage

Immunizations will be available to adult patients (19yr and older) who meet one of the following ASN eligibility criteria:

  • No Health Insurance
  • 19 yr. old referred to the Public Health Dept. to finish a vaccine series, initiated under the Texas Vaccines for Children Program (TVFC)

Clients who do not qualify under the TVFC or the ASN guidelines might still be eligible to receive free vaccine based on income (subject to vaccine availability).

“The Immunizations program wants to encourage our community members, of all ages, to get vaccinated. We all need vaccines based on our age, occupation or health condition. Each year thousands of children and adults get hospitalized due to complications related to vaccine preventable diseases such as influenza and pertussis.” said Alejandra Rodarte, Public Health Supervisor.

The purpose of National Immunization Awareness Month is to highlight the importance of immunizations, which, according to the CDC, is one of the greatest public health accomplishments of the 20th century. For additional information on immunizations, please visit: http://www.dshs.texas.gov/immunize/NIAM/2016/

The mission of the Department of Public Health is to provide research and evaluation, prevention, intervention, and mobilization services to the people of El Paso so they can be healthy, productive, safe, and secure.

For more information on the programs and services offered by the Department of Public Health, visit EPHealth.com or call 211.

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