The Vaccinate Juneau’s Kids Coalition at the Juneau Public Health Center will be hosting its second annual Teddy Bear Vaccine Clinic this weekend.
This year’s clinic will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18, in the Nugget Mall.
The clinic provides free vaccinations for children before school starts and gets them up to date on their immunizations. It’s available and free of charge for children 12 months old to 18 years old.
The group’s spokeswoman and public health nurse Yvonne Young said the clinic will be offering a long list of vaccines, including DTaP and Tdap (for Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis), hepatitis A and B, polio, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), and tuberculosis testing.
The vaccines are provided by the state of Alaska and put together by the Juneau Kid’s Coalition, Young said.
Two doctors and eight nurses affiliated with either the coalition or public health center will be giving the shots throughout the day, Young said.
Young advised parents to bring their child’s shot records, and to bring their favorite stuffed toy. If not, they can borrow one of the 25 teddy bears State Farm donated for the event.
The first year the clinic was held, 53 children attended and 85 shots were given, Young said.
The aim of the clinic is to boost the rate of immunization among children in Alaska, especially those 19 to 35 months old.