In an effort to emphasize childhood immunizations and the need for immunizations before the start of the school year, Shots for Tots and the Shreveport-Bossier Captains are hosting a "Back to School Bash" on Friday, July 29, at Fair Grounds Field.
The "Back to School Bash" will feature face painting, clowns, balloon art, mascots as well as the Shots for Tots mobile unit, which will be on site providing immunizations from 1 to 5 p.m. Any child (ages 4-12) who is immunized or who has an updated shots record will receive two free tickets to see the Shreveport-Bossier Captains play the Amarillo Sox in an American Association baseball game at 7:05 p.m. The first 100 children at the event will receive a complimentary aluminum water bottle. Also, anyone who donates a new or slightly used children's book will receive one free ticket to the game.
Shots for Tots, a community service funded by Willis-Knighton Health System, provides free immunizations, immunization scheduling, and consulting by a program nurse. Vaccine is provided through the Louisiana Department of Public Health's Vaccine for Children Program.
With the 2011 school year drawing closer, Bonnie Hughes, Shots for Tots program coordinator, says the "Bash" begins a three week-long push by Shots for Tots to immunize as many children as possible. "Keeping children immunized directly affects the health of our community," she explained. "With the help of the Captains we are bringing about community-wide awareness of childhood immunizations."
Shots for Tots Schedule for Back to School Immunization Schedule
Monday, Aug. 1 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Albertson's, 3121 East Texas, Bossier City
Tuesday, Aug. 2 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sam's, 7400 Youree Drive, Shreveport
Wednesday, Aug. 3 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Project NeighborHealth Back2School Day Camp,
4700 Hilry Huckaby, III Ave., Shreveport
Monday, Aug. 8 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Super 1 Foods, 745 Shreveport/Barksdale Hwy., Shreveport
Tuesday, Aug. 9 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Brookshire's, U.S. Hwy. 80 (Oak Thicket), Haughton
Wednesday, Aug. 10 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. J.C. Penney, Pierre Bossier Mall, Bossier City
Saturday, Aug. 13 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lowe's, 2360 Airline Drive, Bossier City
Monday, Aug. 15 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Walmart, 9550 Mansfield Road, Shreveport
Tuesday, Aug. 16 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Books A Million, 2001 Airline Drive, Bossier City
Wednesday, Aug. 17 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Brookshire's, North Market and I-220, Shreveport