Starting off the school year healthy!
August is just around the corner and that means the school year is coming! While the back-to-school aisles at every store are stocked with nearly everything local kids need to head back to the classroom, every parent’s to-do list should also include making sure that your child is up-to-date on their school-required immunizations.
Having up-to-date immunizations and health screenings, such as blood lead tests, are essential to promoting healthy growth and development of children.
To help area families access immunizations and other services, Mayor Tom Barrett and the City of Milwaukee Health Department will host the City’s 17th Annual Back-to-School Health Fairs on:
- Friday, Aug. 4, at North Division High School (1011 W. Center St.) from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
- Friday, Aug. 11, at Hayes Bilingual School (971 W. Windlake Ave.) from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
The annual Back-to-School Health Fairs offer families an opportunity to get their children ready for the school year, and are part of the city-wide effort to ensure that all Milwaukee children get the healthy start they need to stay in school, stay healthy, and keep learning. Through the annual Back-to-School Health Fairs and year-round outreach and awareness efforts, the city of Milwaukee has reached its highest rate of school-required immunizations on record, with 90% of children in compliance with Wisconsin Immunization Law.
Each year, nearly 3,000 people come through the doors of the two events, accessing free school-required vaccinations, lead testing, blood pressure and blood sugar checks, vision screenings and more. Additionally, there will be more than 50 community agencies providing resources and health information to all attendees.
Along with health services and information, each child who has an up-to-date vaccination record, or those who receive vaccinations and lead testing at the fairs, receives a backpack stuffed with school supplies. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to receive gifts and services.
We are thankful to our generous sponsors for their support and to all the organizations providing services and resources at both fairs. The health fairs are presented by the City of Milwaukee Health Department and United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, as well as support from Children’s Community Health Plan, Molina Healthcare, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Independent Care Plan, MHS Health Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Urban League.
The MHD wants all families have access to required vaccinations and health screenings that are essential to keeping schools and our community healthy year round. For more information, call (414) 286-3521 or visit www.milwaukee.gov/health.
We hope to see you there!