A child’s safety is most parents’ number one concern.
Since the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region recognizes this concern, it will be hosting a number of mobile immunization clinics around Prince Albert starting Monday.
“Most of our immunization clinics we do at regular sites throughout the city,” director of Public Health Services Wanda Atcheson said. “We like to take the opportunity -- this is the second year we have done this -- to take our clinics out on the road to places that we don’t normally have clinics or don’t have clinics during the summer.”
The clinics are held at the end of summer to encourage parents to bring their preschool children to the clinics before school starts again.
“It gives them a little more access to immunization clinics,” Atcheson said.
The regular clinics are held throughout the region, including Prince Albert and the rural communities, Atcheson said, but the mobile clinics help parents get their children to one.
“This makes it a little more accessible and in a way that we can add a few extra clinics to places where we don’t necessarily have room in schools or other places we have immunization clinics,” Atcheson said.
The clinics will start on Monday, with one at St. Michael’s School and another at the Parkland Hall parking lot.
“Typically down in the west end we have a regular weekly clinic at the Bernice Sayese Centre, but those are also areas there may be lots of preschoolers and families,” Atcheson said.
There will also be clinics at King George’s School and the Crescent Hights rink on Tuesday and Riverside School and the East End Rink parking lot of Wednesday.
“Again, at the very east end we have St. John’s during the school year but nothing during the summer,” Atcheson said.
All of the immunizations clinics are free for preschoolers, she said.
“Any of the vaccines we give to preschoolers are all funded by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health and that is to give as much protection to our children as possible to help prevent disease,” Atcheson said. “It is the best protection they can have against certain commutable diseases that are vaccine preventable. We can’t prevent all diseases through vaccination because we don’t have vaccines for everything but those that are vaccine preventable, this is a very effective way of stopping children from getting those illnesses.”
In addition to immunizations, during the mobile clinics there will be additional help for parents in other important health and safety topics.
“We are having our dental health educator there for parent’s to speak to about their child’s dental health needs and concerns,” Atcheson said. “We also have trained car seat technicians on our public health staff and they will be at the mobile immunization clinic to help parents by checking the car seats that their children are in and giving them some tips about the car seats and if they need to purchase a new one, what to look for and is everything installed correctly.”
For more information about the immunization clinics, contact PAPHR at 306-765-6510 or visit the website at www.princealbertparklandhealth.com.