More than 500 Springfield School District 186 students were sent home for the first few days of school last year because they did not receive their required immunizations, and school officials do not want a repeat this year.
The SIU School of Medicine along with the Sangamon County Public Health Department are teaming up to ensure area children are up to date on their shots and physicals.
“We will be providing physicians on August 4th from 11am until 6pm and then on 5th from 8am until 2pm for students, free of charge, who have not gotten their medical care,” says Dr. Tracy Milbrandt. “We find that alot of times it may be an issue of access to healthcare.”
She adds the service is not need-based and will be held several schools in the district.