Fort Lauderdale, Florida -- Broward Health Community Health Services has extended its Mobilize to Immunize program to offer free immunizations and low-cost physical exams at two community health centers through November 27.
Typically, this summer health campaign provides immunizations free of charge for families with children heading back to school. However, due to the pandemic’s surge in infection rates and delayed return to the classroom, Mobilize to Immunize has been extended its care for children between the ages of 4 and 18 who are uninsured, have Medicaid or identify as American Indian or Alaska Native
“We’ve seen a significant drop in the number of immunizations we’ve been able to provide this year,” said Margaret Lott, M.D., pediatrics, Broward Health Physician Group. “The importance of an annual physical and immunizing your child is something parents cannot ignore. We must continue to safeguard their health and well-being.”
Broward Health Community Health Services caregivers will provide immunizations against infectious and life-threatening diseases such as whooping cough, measles, mumps, rubella, influenza, Hepatitis B and polio. Human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccinations will also be provided in partnership with the American Cancer Society.
“Immunizations prevent dangerous diseases and, in many cases, lifesaving care to some of our most vulnerable children,” Dr. Lott said.
According to the Florida Department of Health, even if children are home-schooled or are distance-learning through virtual classrooms at home, the state requires documented age-appropriate immunizations. Ensuring that immunization services are maintained or reinitiated is essential for protecting individuals and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks and reducing the burden of respiratory illness during influenza season.
Immunizations and $30 school physicals are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. through November 27 at Cora E. Braynon Family Health Center, 200 NW Seventh Ave. in Fort Lauderdale, and Broward Health Pompano Pediatric Primary Care Center, 601 W. Atlantic Blvd. in Pompano Beach. To better meet the needs of the South Florida community, Spanish and Creole communications are available, with additional translation services accessible.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 954-755-7400 or visit BrowardHealth.org. If a patient would like to see a doctor more immediately, the BHealthy Now app connects users to virtual urgent care 24/7 anytime and anywhere. From a smart device or computer, patients can click for a virtual consultation with a board-certified physician, receive a prescription online and view medical records. The BHealthy Now app can be downloaded from the AppStore for iOS devices and Google Play for androids.