Officer Dozer from the Racine Police Department K-9 Unit is encouraging children to get a free influenza vaccination at a special walk-in clinic at Memorial Hall in Racine on Friday, October 30th. After receiving the minimally invasive, painless, nasal mist influenza vaccine, children will enjoy meeting members of the K-9 Unit as well as explore City of Racine Police and Fire vehicles on display.
The City of Racine Health Department is partnering with the Racine Police Department and the Fire Department to increase attendance at this potentially life-saving influenza vaccine clinic and to raise funds for the City of Racine
K-9 Unit. For every child vaccinated, the City of Racine Health Department will make a financial donation to the Racine Police Department K-9 Unit on their behalf.
The fundraiser for the K-9 Unit is essential because the initial cost of the dog and training is significant at approximately $18,000. The primary function of the K-9 Unit is to support the Patrol Division. The K-9 Handlers generally respond to calls where the dog could be potentially used including alarms, burglaries, narcotics violations, fights, armed individuals, wanted individuals and armed robberies. In many instances officers encounter potentially violent individuals that peacefully surrender due to the dog’s mere presence. This is a great benefit as it provides greater officer safety and allows for little to no use of force to bring a volatile situation under control.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging flu vaccination for all children 6 months of age and older. On October 30th, the City of Racine Health Department will hold a walk-in influenza vaccination clinic for children. There will be no adult doses available at this clinic. The City of Racine Health Department has received a supply of influenza vaccine from the Wisconsin Division of Public Health to administer to children (6 months through 18 years of age) free of charge. The majority of the vaccine is in the form of a nasal mist, but injectable vaccine is available for those with contraindications to the nasal mist.
Parents are encouraged to bring their children to the free walk-in clinic. No appointment is necessary.
Friday, October 30, 2015 from 2pm to 6pm
Memorial Hall-South Door Entrance
72 7th Street, Racine
Parents are encouraged to complete a Vaccine Administration Record form in advance for each child to receive vaccination to expedite the process. All children must be accompanied by an adult, however children without a parent or guardian present must also have a signed Vaccine Consent for Immunization of Minors form (or vaccine cannot be given no exceptions). Both forms can be downloaded at www.cityofracine.org/health.
If you have questions about seasonal flu, flu vaccines or the free children’s flu vaccination clinics, please contact your local health department.
City of Racine Health Department
Serving City of Racine, Village Elmwood Park and Village of Wind Point