ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) Several vaccinations are being offered for free this year through a special program at The Children's Hospital at Providence.
Kathy Bell, a Registered Nurse in the Pediatric ICU at Providence, said the clinic helps families save money on health care costs. She notes, “$25.00 is a lot for some people, and I’m really appreciative that we’re able to offer this service for people in the community because sometimes they might not get their shots."
While there has been much debate over vaccinations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says it's one of the best ways to protect infants, children and teens from 16 potentially harmful diseases. Alaska state law requires all school children to be immunized in order to attend school, with some exceptions allowed for medical and religious reasons.
All children under the age of 19 are eligible for the free immunization clinic. "We don't ask people for insurance cards, and we don't ask them for money. We just offer the vaccine, and it's all done based on the population that comes to see us," Bell emphasized.
No appointments are necessary, and the clinic is located in Suite A-351 at Providence Alaska Medical Center. The immunization clinic is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month.