Kids behind on routine shots that protect them from serious illnesses

2/14/2022
 
After the pandemic hit, nearly all doctor’s appointments to keep people healthy were canceled, including shots for kids. To help Indianapolis families catch up and get children “back on track” with their shots, MDwise, the Indiana Immunization Coalition and Indianapolis Public Schools are hosting Back on Track, on Feb. 15 and March 16 at Crispus Attucks High School.
 
All routine childhood vaccinations including measles, mumps, rubella, polio and HPV will be available, as well as flu shots and, for those 5 and older, COVID-19 vaccines and boosters.
 
“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 school supplies and raffles every 30 minutes for $50 gift cards from MDwise. 
 
Parents and caregivers should sign up online at patients.vaxcare.com/registration (enter enrollment code IN65942, then select Crispus Attucks 2/15 or 3/16). Registration is encouraged but not required.
 
Anyone who needs help with transportation to get to the events can 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 events
 
WHEN: Feb. 15, 2:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. 
           March 16, 2:45 p.m.  to 6 p.m.
 
WHERE: Crispus Attucks High School, 1140 Dr. Martin Luther King St., Indianapolis
 
WHO: MDwise, Indiana Immunization Coalition and Indianapolis Public Schools
 
REGISTER: patients.vaxcare.com/registration (enter enrollment code IN65942, then select Crispus Attucks 2/15 or 3/16)
 
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About the Indiana Immunization Coalition
The Indiana Immunization Coalition exists to reduce the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases through immunization education, advocacy, promotion, and statewide collaborative partnerships. More at VaccinateIndiana.org
 
About Indianapolis Public Schools
The largest public school district in Indiana, Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) is an agile, innovative educational organization committed to academic excellence built through individualized, relationship-based learning. We empower our students to think critically, creatively and responsibly, to embrace diversity and pursue their dreams with purpose. Though we cover 80 square miles, employ more than 5,000 people, and serve more than 30,000 students, we are committed to serving individual students with what they need. More at MyIPS.org

Media Contacts:
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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