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Charlotte Gets Her Shots PDF Print Email
Monday, 30 July 2012 00:00

I really don’t like to get shots, but mommy told me that I had to get them to stay healthy and stay in school. I started school last week and it is so much fun, I hate to miss a single day. The school told mommy when she registered me that we could have until September 27th to get my shots completed.

Mecklenburg Health DepartmentThere are a few options the school gave my mommy on where I could get my kindergarten physical and shots; a family doctor, the Health Department or through an event held on Saturday’s called Big Shot Saturdays. (2012 Big Shot Saturdays are being held 9/15, 9/22 and 9/29 - flyers attached below.)

I asked my mommy why these shots were so important and why the school would want me to have them. My mommy told me they prevented me and other children from getting very sick or even dying. Once I heard this, I thought maybe I should go after all.

Since we do not have a family doctor or insurance my mommy called the Health Department (704.366.6400) and scheduled an appointment. She was relieved that my shots would be free there (because I do not have insurance). They told her she would need to bring a copy of my immunization records. I am pretty sure it took my mother an hour of searching to find them, but fortunately she kept all our information from all our doctor’s visits and eventually found my records.

(Don’t know where your child’s immunization’s records are? Check with your previous family doctor. If your child was immunized in the state of North Carolina, their records might be available via the state immunization registry. The Health Department or even your school nurse can help search the registry on line. If immunization records are not available your child will need to start their Health department waiting roomimmunization over from the beginning.)

Mommy said we were going to the Southeast location of the Health Department on Billingsley Road. (Need another location?) We made our appointment for right after school because the Billingsley Road Health Department is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Tuesday Wednesday and Friday, and 10-6 on Thursdays. There is another Health department on Beatties Ford Road, that has the same hours, except it opens later on Wednesdays.

I was nervous about the shots and about visiting a big place like the Health department. After mommy checked us in, we waited in the waiting room. I noticed a lot of kids who must also be getting the shots for school. The Health Department looked just like a really big doctors office.

We were directed back to the immunization clinic. There were bright arrows pointing us down the halls making it easy to find our room. I played for a while waiting for them to call my name.

Charlotte in the waiting room“Charlotte, It is your turn!” I couldn’t wait to get this over with. We were led to our room and introduced to our nurse Ms. Cleo. She was so nice and told me to come on in and have a seat on my mommy’s lap. Mommy gave her my immunization records and they talked about what shots I would receive. Ms. Cleo said I was lucky and would only receive two shots because according to the immunization schedule I only needed my final four year shots to be completely ready for Kindergarten.

Mecklenburg county   health departmentI held my mommy’s hand tight and looked away when Ms. Cleo gave me my shots in the arm. They both said I was so brave because I didn’t cry. I was so excited when Ms. Cleo gave my two books to take home with me. Mommy promised to read them to me tonight.

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Download this file (Big Shots Saturdays  Kids HealthLink Flyer 2012[1].pdf)Big Shot Saturdays - English2012 Immunization Event6683 Kb
Download this file (Big Shots Saturdays  Kids HealthLink Flyer - Spanish 2012[4].pdf)Big Shot Saturdays - Spanish2012 Immunization Event6790 Kb

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