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Free back to school immunizations, health screenings, and school supplies at Health Department event


Parents can get their kids ready for school with free
immunizations, health checks, and school supplies at
the Marion County Health Department's 10th Annual
Covering Kids and Families Back to School Day event.
(Guillermo Ossa)

Preparing to send the kids back to school can be expensive and stressful for parents. The Marion County Health Department is hoping to relieve some of the strain on Indianapolis families by offering free back to school immunizations, health checks, and school supplies at the 10th Annual Covering Kids and Families Back to School Day.

"In order for our children to be truly prepared for school they must be healthy and have the appropriate supplies. We are proud to make both health screenings and basic school supplies available to our community," said Virginia A. Caine, M.D., director, Marion County Health Department in a press release.

The July 31 event will offer families access to:

  • Free back to school immunizations
  • Health screenings
  • Dental screenings
  • Free and reduced price health insurance enrollment
  • Back to school supplies
  • Health information

Parents who need a birth certificate to enroll their child in school can purchase the document while at the event.

10th Annual Covering Kids and Families Back to School Day
July 31, 2010
9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Marion County Health Department,
3838 North Rural Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46205-2930

Parents should bring vaccination records for any children who need school immunizations.

Families wishing to receive school supplies, including one of the more than 3,500 backpacks that will be handed out at the event, need to bring their children with them.

The 10th Annual Covering Kids and Families Back to School Day will also feature food, games, entertainment, music, interactive displays, and educational information provided by the Indianapolis Fire Department and more than 50 community organizations. 

For more info: For additional information on this event, contact the Marion County Health Department - Covering Kids Coalition at 317-221-2464.

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  • Marsha 5 years ago

    I hope people take advantage of this!

  • Cindi 5 years ago

    I will have to look into seeing if anyone in our area is doing this.

  • Joyce W 5 years ago

    All states should do this, public schools want this done and not everyone has insurance or can offered to have it done.

  • Nancy Z-Grand Rapids Health Examiner 5 years ago

    Great news for families in the Indianapolis area. I hope they take advantage of it.

  • AngieMartinez 5 years ago

    Great help for parents; it gets so expensive going back to school. I am going to check in my area.

  • Suzanne Morrison Gauvreau 5 years ago

    Great info! :)

  • Fran Relationship Counselor Nashville 5 years ago

    Always great info concerning children! I LOVE the idea of putting the Google map up! Would you mind if I used your map idea if I ever needed it? :)

  • Amanda C. Strosahl 5 years ago

    Hi Fran,
    Thanks for the comment. I'm glad you liked the map. You won't be stealing any ideas if you use it. Google maps is there for everyone to use, not just me. Thanks for asking, though. It shows real class.

  • Tina T. - Chicago Healthy Living Examiner 5 years ago

    What a great thing to offer for families that are having difficulties - all states should offer this. Good article.

  • Winona Cooking Examiner 5 years ago

    This is something that will benefit many...hope they take advantage while they can.

  • Winona Home & Living 5 years ago

    What a great savings this is and offer to and from the community.

  • Jaimie Mancham-Case 5 years ago

    Great article- Thanks!

  • Lynne Lehmer 5 years ago

    I see you already have a lot of comments, but...this was a good and informative article. This is great that the kids can get help with school supplies, immunization, etc. I think the food, entertainment, etc. will be fun for the kids and their families.
    Also, if you have a chance, tell me how you put in the google map. I see it is not a screen print. LynneLehmer public transit/travel Examiner

  • Amanda C. Strosahl 5 years ago

    Hi Lynne,
    Thank you for commenting. The map is very easy. Go to and search for your location. Once you have found your destination, click on the Link option in the upper right corner. A drop down box will give you the HTML code to use for embedding an interactive map.

  • Allen Turner, C.A. 5 years ago

    Here is a little-known benefit that is funded entirely by residents of Cook county. Chicago/Cook County Area Residents can obtain FREE immunizations for their children at various locations year around. Here is the website address for information and locating a participating provider in your neighborhood: (Copy and Paste this URL into your browser)

    Also, there is a FREE Rx Prescription Drug card available at these two websites: and

    Simply click on the "RX DRUG CARD" tab at the top of the page, print out your card, and use it at any Walgreens, Walmart, etc..
    Blessings to all.

  • Faith Draper - Lansing City Guide Examiner 5 years ago

    Great article and glad I read the comments too - I've been wondering myself how to do the maps :)

  • Lisa White 5 years ago

    Great information.

    Allen, thanks for the info also. I am in the Chicago area.

  • Andrew Kennett 5 years ago

    Great news for those who are facing financial difficulties -- and for those who have kids who go to school with members of those families.

  • Rachel Ellis ~ Jacksonville Celebrity Headlines Ex 5 years ago

    That's really nice of them to offer this, I don't think they do this in my city.

  • Kimberley Zagoren 5 years ago

    What a great free program. Thanks for sharing this info with the public.

  • Anonymous 4 years ago

    is there any place thats giving stuff like this for disable kids in indiana were they won't have to wate out side

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