Uninsured Washoe County Parents Urged to Immunize Children in Early Summer
From Catholic Charities & The St. Vincent’s Programs:
Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada’s Kids to Seniors Korner Program (KSK) is urging uninsured families in Washoe County to take advantage of free immunizations in early summer instead of waiting until August when school starts. KSK offers free vaccinations to local children who are uninsured or underinsured. As the start of a new school year approaches, KSK often gets overrun with people in need of vaccinations, and has difficulty keeping up with the demand.
“We can only take so many children at one time, so we ask that parents plan ahead and get their children vaccinated in June or July in order to avoid that August rush we see every year,” says Sandra Carrillo, KSK Director.
Thousands of uninsured and underinsured local children have private insurance coverage that doesn’t cover vaccinations.
“This leaves them at risk for some very deadly diseases,” says Carrillo, “We want to make sure that all local children, regardless of their insurance coverage, are protected against things like measles, chicken pox and Hepatitis A.”
The KSK mobile outreach team conducts tri-weekly visits to low income neighborhoods and housing complexes in order to provide door-to-door access for people in need of things like immunizations, healthcare referrals, food and other social services. The program is a collaboration between Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada, the Washoe County Health District, Washoe County Social Services, Washoe County Senior Services, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and the Reno Police Department. In 2013, KSK met with more than 6,300 people through their weekly outreach and administered more than 2,400 immunizations and healthcare referrals to children ages 0 - 17.
From Catholic Charities & The St. Vincent’s Programs