Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Charlotte, N.C. -- Cold weather has come to town. And with cooler temperatures also comes cold and flu season. For the third year, the Presbyterian Hospital Community Care Cruiser is offering Flu Shot Days to make it possible for un- and underinsured children under the age of 18 to get vaccinated to keep themselves healthy and prevent the spread of illness.
The Cruiser, a 40-foot long doctor’s office on wheels, and its dedicated medical team will offer Flu Shot Days on the following dates this fall:
- November 29, The Solomon House, 200 S. Main St., Huntersville
- December 29, J. Ray Shute Center, 506 Green St., Monroe
The Cruiser will be open from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 - 3 p.m. each day. Parents and their children are welcome to stop by without an appointment, and families are reminded that, due to State budget changes, those with N.C. Health Choice or private insurance must be excluded. To brighten the day for the young patients seen on the Cruiser, each child who gets a shot will receive a special treat.
“These Flu Shot Days are a great opportunity for families to get the necessary vaccinations for their children who otherwise run the risk of catching the flu, causing them to miss school and incur medical expenses,” said LeeAnne Broadway, program coordinator for the Cruiser. “We know how difficult it is to get health care when your child is un- or underinsured, and we believe that all children, regardless of ability to pay, should have access to the care they need.”
In addition to Flu Shot Days, the Cruiser visits nine different locations each month throughout the Greater Charlotte community. It offers services such as primary care, developmental screenings, preventive education, disease diagnosis, and well-child check-ups for youth in need.