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Shots for Tots offered

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Judy Clingman, RN has been hired to provide immunization services to five El Dorado County Women, Infants and Children locations. Clingman was brought on board in response to a recent study of El Dorado County immunization providers that indicates the toddler immunization rate for El Dorado County to be around 65 percent.

The position was created by the El Dorado Toddler Immunization Outreach Project, a community collaborative initiated by the Shots for Tots Regional Coalition. The project is comprised of representatives from the County Public Health Department, WIC, the County Office of Education and several service providers. They are working together to help raise awareness about the importance of childhood immunizations and increase access to health care services in El Dorado County. In addition to providing immunizations, Clingman will help connect families to permanent medical care. These services are offered free for all children from birth to 18 years of age in El Dorado County.

Funding for the RN position has been provided by the Children and Families Commission of El Dorado County.

In 1996 the Alkali Flats neighborhood acquired funding to hire a part time LVN at Capitol Health Center for the purpose of providing immunizations and community outreach. Within two years the immunization rate in the neighborhood increased from 26 percent to 48 percent.

The Shots for Tots clinics at the South Shore take place from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month at the El Dorado Center, 3368 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Appointments are not necessary and walk-ins are welcome. The clinic is not limited to WIC clients and any child will be accepted free of charge. All children should bring their yellow immunization card.

For more information call (530) 573-3490.


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