43% of Jefferson Co. kids behind on routine shots that protect them from serious illnesses

Event planned to help families get back on track with shots

After the pandemic hit, nearly all doctor’s appointments to keep people healthy were canceled, including shots for kids. According to Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) school reports, 43% of Jefferson County K-12 students have not gotten all required shots. That compares to 26.4% of statewide K-12 students.
To help families catch up and get children “back on track” with their shots, MDwise, Gleaners and the IDOH are hosting Back on Track, on Jan. 20 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Armory in Madison.
All routine childhood vaccinations including measles, mumps, rubella, polio and HPV will be available, as well as flu shots and, for people 12 and older, COVID-19 vaccines.
“It’s important that as many Hoosier kids as possible get vaccinated against preventable diseases like measles, polio and HPV,” said Jessica Cromer, president and CEO of MDwise. “We’re hosting ‘Back on Track’ to help ensure Indiana communities and families are healthy.” 
The event is open to everyone and will include free food, free school supplies and door prizes of $50 gift cards. 
Parents and caregivers should sign up online at patients.vaxcare.com/registration (enter enrollment code IN97832, then select Back on Track Madison). Registration is encouraged but not required.
Anyone who needs help with transportation to get to the event should call MDwise customer  service at 800-356-1204.
Children younger than 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult with valid identification, such as a driver’s license, identification card or passport. Insurance is not required for qualified children to get their shots, but if they are covered by health insurance, that information must be given.
WHAT: Back on Track kids’ shots event
WHEN: 3-7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20
WHERE: National Guard Armory, 1530 Clifty Dr., Madison, IN 46250
WHO: MDwise, Gleaners, IDOH and community partners
REGISTER: patients.vaxcare.com/registration (enter enrollment code IN97832, then select Back on Track Madison)
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About the Indiana Department of Health
The Indiana Department of Health works to promote, protect, and improve the health and safety of all Hoosiers and ensure that Hoosiers achieve their optimal health, regardless of where they live, learn, work, or play.
About Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc.
Gleaners was founded in 1980 and is a respected leader within Feeding America the nation’s food bank network. Since that time, Gleaners has distributed more than 600 billion pounds of food and critical grocery products through more than 300 hunger relief agencies, schools and community partners serving needy Hoosiers. 

Media Contact:
Jen Thomas, 317-441-2487, jen@jtprinc.com

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About MDwise

MDwise is a provider-sponsored nonprofit health maintenance organization offering health care benefits to more than 407,000 Medicaid and Medicare members. Since 1994 MDwise has provided access to compassionate, high-quality, coordinated health care and education to Medicaid members in communities throughout Indiana. Ninety-seven percent of MDwise members surveyed would recommend MDwise to family and friends. MDwise.org.

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