August not only marks the beginning of a new school year, but it is also National Immunization Month. Each year, thousands of children become ill from diseases that could have been prevented by basic childhood immunizations. Countless more miss time from day care and school because they are under-immunized or inappropriately immunized.
Most recent LA County health indicators reveal that the Antelope Valley continues to have the poorest health status of all LA County. The children of the Antelope Valley not only lack proper immunizations but fail to receive regular wellness exams and dental care, which are crucial for the prevention and detection of serious health issues.
All parents struggle to understand what is required, where to get the needed services, and with how they will get it all done in time for the first day of school. Furthermore, the cost of time and money often create barriers for parents in ensuring their children receive this important care.
In response, several organizations throughout the Antelope Valley have invited the Antelope Valley Community Clinic’s Care-A-Van to hosted ‘Back to School’ events this August in hopes of making it easier for parents to receive these vital services for their children. The ‘Back to School’ events play a key role in keeping our community healthy. In the first week of August, the AVCC Care-A-Van provided over 182 physicals, 609 immunizations, and 206 dental exams at no cost to parents and at times and locations convenient for their families.
As August draws to an end, the AVCC Care-A-Van will be available at one last ‘Back to School’ event, this Saturday, August 27, 2016, from 9 am to 3 pm, located at the Gospel of Christ Christian Fellowship Church 190 Sierra Hwy A4, Palmdale. This is a free public event hosted by Gospel of Christ Christian Fellowship Church, for more information about this event; please call (661) 952-0438.
The AVCC Care-A-Van is a licensed mobile clinic used at satellite locations/events throughout the Antelope Valley to provide medical and dental care to those, of any age, who need it most.For more information on the mobile clinic schedule or services, please call 661-942-2391 ext. 422 or visit our website avclinic.org.
Antelope Valley Community Clinic (AVCC) is a 501 (c) (3) that was created in 2007 to significantly expand health and wellness services for the uninsured and underinsured in the Antelope Valley. AVCC is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) located in and serving the Antelope Valley. Our mission is to enhance the well-being of the community by providing comprehensive, high-quality health care services including prevention and health education with special emphasis on the medically underserved and low-income populations.