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Oklahoma Caring Van visits Tulsa to help parents get needed vaccinations

Oklahoma Caring Van visits Tulsa to help parents get needed vaccinations
Oklahoma Caring Van visits Tulsa to help parents get needed vaccinations

TULSA, Oklahoma — The summer heat has many of us staying indoors, but health experts say now is a good time to get your kids out and get them the vaccinations they need before school starts in the fall.

The Caring Van visits different locations in the Tulsa metro each month. On Wednesday, the van offered vaccinations at the Tulsa WIC clinic near 21.st and Mingo as well as the YMCA in Owasso.

The goal of the Oklahoma Caring Vans, supported by the Oklahoma Caring Foundation, is to make it easier for parents to get the vaccinations their children need before they start school.

The vaccination service is for people who are eligible for Medicaid, are uninsured, or are Native American. There is no cost. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

There will be bilingual speakers on site in the Caring Van.

Parents are asked to bring their child’s current immunization record, but Fernando Guillen, who has worked as a Caring Van Specialist for six years, told 2 News Oklahoma’s Karen Larsen that Oklahomans will still be served because their children’s immunization records are in the state system.

“We have measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis B and A,” said Fernando Guillen, Caring Van specialist. “Everything the children need.”

The van will visit various locations throughout the summer. The current calendar can be found at oklahomacaringfoundation.org.


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