More than half of Gary kids behind on shots that protect them from serious illnesses

Event to help families get back on track with shots includes free food, door prizes and more
After the pandemic hit, nearly all doctor’s appointments to keep people healthy were canceled, including shots for kids. According to the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) school reports, 53% of K-12 students in Gary Schools 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, Edgewater Health, Walker Medical, the Gary Health Department and the IDOH are hosting Back on Track, on Saturday, Feb. 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
All routine childhood vaccinations including measles, mumps, rubella, polio and HPV will be available, as well as the COVID vaccine for children 5 and older. Wellness checks and COVID tests will be available onsite as well.
“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 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. More information at
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: Saturday, Feb. 19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: Edgewater Health, 1100 W. 6th Ave., Gary, Ind.

About Edgewater Health
Edgewater Health’s mission is to provide comprehensive physical and behavioral healthcare services for individuals and their families in northwest Indiana. Culturally competent care specifically developed for each patient helps achieve goals and improves outcomes. In improving the lives of individuals, we hope to create a ripple effect that will contribute to the quality of life and overall health of our entire community. More at
About Walker Medical
Walker Medical Pediatric and Young Adult Medicine is a pediatric practice established in 2006 by husband and wife pediatricians, Chantal and Roland Walker. Walker medical has two locations: 426 S. Lake St. in Gary and and 6916 Johnson Rd, LaPorte. Walker Medical is joined by community Icon, Dr. Douge Barthelemy, and Nurse Practitioners Michelle Breunig,  Diane Spoljoric and Sharon Totten. Walker Medical is commited to the development of the whole patient.   
About the Gary Health Department
The Gary Health Department provides public health nursing, works to control the spread of communicable disease, investigates environmental hazards, and maintains vital records for the county.
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.

Media Contacts:
Chelsea Whittington,  219-712-3182,
Jen Thomas, 317-441-2487,

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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.

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