The center is throwing a party for kids on Saturday and will be giving away free backpacks stuffed with supplies to the first 1,200 kids to arrive.
The party starts with the backpack give-away at 9:30, with festivities planned through 2:00 p.m. Free haircuts, lawn games, community booths, fire truck rides and the 3M Visiting Wizards are among the attractions.
In honor of President Clinton's birthday on the 19th, there will be free admission to the Clinton Presidential Center all weekend. There will be free ice cream and watermelons, hot dogs, science experiments and a drawing for a bike.
The Arkansas Department of Health will also be providing free immunizations. This is the perfect time to make sure that everyone in the family is current on all the vaccine protections that they need.
- Seventh graders must have one dose of vaccine to prevent tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap vaccine).
- Kindergarten children must have two doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine even if they have already had chickenpox.
- Adults need protection against these diseases, too, according to Veronica McDaniel, administrator for Pulaski County Central local health unit, Arkansas Department of Health.
August is National Immunization Awareness Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that vaccines have wiped out smallpox, put an end to polio virus in
the U.S. and greatly reduced the number of cases of measles, diphtheria, rubella, pertussis and other diseases. But even with these efforts, people still die from these and other diseases that vaccines can prevent.
Adults need immunizations, too. All adults should have these vaccines:
- Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) - one dose is recommended after age 18
- Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). If you were born after 1957 and have never had measles, mumps or rubella vaccine, you are at risk of infection.
Local Health Units provide limited immunization services for adults, so please contact your local county health unit for more information
To make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date, talk to your family doctor or visit county health unit. Click here for a complete schedule of adult vaccines.