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It's time for Back to School Blitz

For many Tri-State students, school starts in less than a month.

That means many students will need to be vaccinated and student athletes will need their physical exams. But, there's a way to get all of that done at the same time.

It's the EVSC's yearly Back to School Blitz, where you can have your child's state-required medical procedures fulfilled. For those who are uninsured or underinsured, it's free of charge.
Organizers say time is running out to schedule an appointment.

The Back to School Blitz has been going on for several years now. 

"Physicals, immunizations, everything that a child in kindergarten, sixth and ninth grade would need in order to go to school," EVSC's Marsha Jackson said.

In past years, students who showed up on the first day of school without their vaccinations were sent home. So for those who are uninsured and can't afford pricey medical procedures, the Blitz in August is almost mandatory.

"Those exams and vaccines are required by law. But also, this is to spot any physical difficulties the child might have that could be corrected before school starts, so that nothing is interfering with their learning," said Denise Cory with the Vanderburgh Health Department. 

Jackson says you must schedule an appointment for the Blitz, or else you can't participate. Right now, she says there are plenty of open slots.

"It starts off a little bit slow getting people registered, but then it takes off at the very end. And we always have a lot of families that are taking advantage of it. So, we know it's necessary," Jackson said.

The Blitz will happen on Saturday, August 3 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at ECHO Community Health Care on Mulberry Street.

It's not just for kids in Vanderburgh County. It's also other counties, Posey and Warrick." Jackson said.

The number you need to call to set up an appointment is 812-435-8343.

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