Free immunization shots for adults, kids following Alaska measles case
Following a recent confirmed measles case in Alaska, several programs are making free immunizations available for adults and children.
The Alaska Immunization Program is now offering the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to adults 19 and older, regardless of insurance status or eligibility, if they are not up to date on their immunizations. The current measles vaccination recommendations are available on the state's website.
Separately, doctors are giving free immunization shots for kids Saturday, Aug. 3. The Children's Hospital at Providence in Anchorage will host the clinic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. inside the Providence Alaska Medical Center Suite A351. No appointment is necessary for this free walk-in clinic.
Children are eligible for the free immunization program if they are younger than 19 and one of the following:
• Medicaid eligible
• Uninsured or underinsured (vaccines not paid for by insurance)
• American Indian or Alaska Native
This children's clinic is possible thanks to a partnership between Kohl's Cares and The Children's Hospital at Providence to make sure kids have access to vaccines. Vaccines are one of the best ways parents can protect infants, children and teens from 16 potentially harmful diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
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