Free immunizations, dental checkups for kids at Western Sierra Medical Clinic in Grass Valley today |

Free immunizations, dental checkups for kids at Western Sierra Medical Clinic in Grass Valley today

Free immunizations and dental checkups will be the focus of a special Healthy Community Day today.

Healthy Community Day runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Western Sierra Medical Clinic, 844 Old Tunnel Road, Grass Valley.

The event, held just days before public school starts in the region, is co-sponsored by Rotary Club of Grass Valley.

“We wanted to hold a health-focused event that helps busy families a few days before school starts,” Western Sierra Medical Clinic CEO Scott McFarland said. School starts in the Nevada County area Aug. 19.

Healthy Community Day is intended to encourage community members — especially school-age children — to receive no charge health screenings and immunizations against potential life-threatening diseases such as measles and meningitis.

Immunizations, dental checkups, and health fair booths — including car-seat safety information from the California Highway Patrol – are part of the four-hour event. A free barbecue and carnival-type games will also be available.

The family-oriented event includes a free raffle for those who complete their immunizations and dental checkup.

Numerous raffle gifts are available, including two mountain bikes, donated by Jim Self of Horace Mann Insurance, and two helmets and movie tickets donated by Rotary Club of Grass Valley.

Vaccinations will be available at no charge to residents of Nevada, Sierra and Yuba counties who have no insurance coverage or high co-pays or deductibles. No fees will be collected for co-pays and participants will be asked to complete paperwork so insurance companies can be billed or state-provided vaccine administered.

Parents need to be present and/or send written permission for children to be vaccinated. They also need to bring their insurance card and child’s immunization record.

Nevada County has one of the lowest immunization rates in California, with only 73 percent of residents current on their vaccines —much lower than the statewide average of 90 percent.

So, about 30,000 residents, including many school-age children, are running the risk of getting and spreading numerous diseases, including measles, meningitis, mumps, rubella and whooping cough.

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