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Free immunization clinic offered this week

Sorry, kids. Your school nurses want you to have your shots — all of them. And this month, not having insurance or not being able to pay for a doctor’s visit is no longer a valid excuse.

Paula Hall, a nurse working for the West Linn-Wilsonville School District, has orchestrated a free immunization clinic for children. All immunizations required for children under Oregon law will be provided at no charge for children without health insurance or whose insurance does not cover the cost of immunization.

“This was my professional goal for the year,” Hall said. “These vaccines all prevent illnesses. As public health nurses and school nurses, it’s very important that we keep our kids healthy. ... These are preventable illnesses.”

Like all school districts in Oregon, West Linn-Wilsonville is required to notify parents whose children are lacking required vaccinations and, in a process known as exclusion, eventually to prevent unimmunized children from attending public school.

“Every year, because we have exclusions, we start letting people know that their kids need immunizations,” Hall said. “Right now we’ve already sent out two letters to parents, and we’ll send out three or four more. So I thought if I could bring an immunization clinic to our district ... we will have a very small amount of children that we have to (report to) the state.”

The immunization clinic is scheduled for Dec. 11 at Inza R. Wood Middle School, located at 11055 SW Wilsonville Road in Wilsonville. It is open to all children and is co-sponsored by the school district and Clackamas County Health, Housing and Human Services.

Representatives from Northwest Family Services and Cover Oregon will be at the clinic to answer insurance questions and to help families enroll in insurance plans as well as to access financial assistance. Three school nurses from WL-WV will be on site along with two student nurses from George Fox University who are doing their public health rotation in the district.

The clinic will operate from 4 to 7 p.m.

“We’re hoping to get a really good turnout so we can do this every year,” Hall said. “People can walk or take the SMART bus.”

A parent or guardian must be available to sign an authorization form for children under age 15. Parents should bring any available immunization records as well as proof of monthly income, a Social Security number for anyone wishing to enroll in a health care plan and photo identification. A translator will be available for Spanish speakers.

Tetanus and flu shots also will be available for adults. Call 503-655-8799 for more information.

Kate Hoots can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 503-636-1281, ext. 112. Follow her on Twitter @CommuniKater.



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