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Jul 21, 2012 7:38 PM

Free vaccinations to help prevent deadly diseases

TUCSON-Getting your kids vaccinated is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce the risk of illness.

El Rio Community Health Center provided free immunizations to get kids ready for school.

Pediatricians want to warn parents that the consequences of not getting vaccinated definitely outweigh the risks of a little poke.

Nurses armed with needles and band aids, snapped on their gloves, aimed and fired vaccines into countless little arms.

Some were nervous and sore afterwards.

While others were non-chalant about the prick of the needle.

With diseases like whooping cough and measles making their way back into the spotlight, pediatricians said the best thing you can do is get your kid vaccinated to help prevent deadly diseases.

"There have been large numbers of cases of whooping cough reported in Washington and Oregon...in the thousands," said Dr. Andrew Arthur. "In addition to that, there was recently a case of measles reported in the Coconino County."

El Rio Community Health Center will be hosting other free vaccination clinics.

THURSDAY- JULY 26, 2012 - 3 PM TO 6 PM
Boys & Girls Club - Frank & Edith Morton Clubhouse
3155 East Grant Road - Tucson, AZ 85716

SATURDAY- JULY 28, 2012 - 10 AM TO 2 PM
Boys and Girls Club - Holmes Tuttle Clubhouse
2585 East 36th Street - Tucson, AZ 85713

The community is invited to bring their school-age children 5-18 years old for FREE back to school immunizations, dental and vision screenings, fluoride varnish treatments, etc. at the clubhouse locations.

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