Dozens of families took an important step to protect their children’s health by participating in an immunization clinic held at Prairie Middle School on Aug. 9. The clinic, hosted by the Cherry Creek School District and the Tri-County Health Department, offered all school-required and recommended immunizations for children, including DTaP, Tdap, HIB, HEP A, HEP B, Polio, MMR, VAR PCV-13 HPV and MCV4. These vaccines protect children and the people around them from life-threatening illnesses such as measles, mumps, tetanus, pertussis, diphtheria, chicken pox and hepatitis.
Andrea Godina brought her sons, 11-year-old Abraham Lucio, who will be a sixth-grader at Prairie, and 13-year-old Jesus Lucio, who will be a freshman at Overland High School.
“It’s just really important for their health,” Godina said. She added that having the clinic at Prairie was a real benefit for busy parents. “You know the location, what time. It’s just really convenient.”
Her sons set a good example for younger children who were attending the clinic, some of whom were wary of the nurses and needles.
“Don’t be nervous and just look away,” advised Jesus. “Don’t think about it,” added Abraham.
This was the third consecutive year that Prairie hosted an in-school immunization clinic to support the health of students of all ages. Though Cherry Creek Schools tops Colorado districts with an immunization compliance rate of over 98 percent, there are still members of the community in need. Additionally, not all children can have immunizations and may be exempt. By maintaining a high rate of immunization in the general population, others are protected through what is called "herd immunity." Promoting the good health of students and families aligns with the Cherry Creek Schools vision, “To inspire every student to think, to learn, to achieve, to care.”
"We know healthy students learn better,” said Suzanne Oro, Director of Health Services for Cherry Creek Schools. “We are always trying to work with families to support their health."