Keep Your Kids Strong the Whole Year Long

The start of the school year can be a very hectic time for families.  Remembering school supplies, school clothes, sports physicals, immunizations, and all of the other necessities can be overwhelming for parents.  With that in mind, Great Falls Clinic, Cascade City-County Health Department and Great Falls Public Schools are working together to try to make it as convenient as possible for parents to mark at least two things off their lists: immunizations and sports physicals.

Tuesday, August 13th parents and/or guardians can bring their children to the MT Expo Park’s Four Seasons Arena between 10 am and 4 pm for immunizations, sports physicals or both!  CCHD will provide vaccinations to anyone 0-18 years of age.  Cost varies depending on the vaccine, but all payment types will be accepted, as well as all insurances, so parents should have their cards with them.  Great Falls Clinic Providers will be providing sports physicals for only $25, and they will accept cash as payment for their services.  Concessions will also be open so attendees can grab a snack while they wait.

Both immunizations and sports physicals are important for keeping children healthy.  “Vaccines can prevent serious illnesses that can cause hardship for a family,” says Trixie Smith, CCHD’s Prevention Services Division Manager.  She continues, “Not only is there the worry of a loved one who is ill, there is also the stress of missed work time and the financial impact that this could have on the family.  Our knowledgeable Public Health Nurses will be glad to answer questions and provide information regarding immunization schedules and what vaccinations are recommended to keep children healthy.”

To ensure children are fit and healthy for their chosen sport, a sports physical is required by the school before they begin.  Even if a child isn’t playing a fall sport, winter and spring sports also require physicals, and this is a great opportunity for parents to get it done.  Great Falls Clinic will have Providers onsite to provide the sports physicals and answer general questions that parents may have.

This walk-in clinic is a convenient way for parents to get multiple tasks crossed off their back-to-school checklist and is also a great opportunity for parents to help keep their kids strong the whole year long!

For more information on immunizations, please visit CCHD’s Immunizations program online.