OKLAHOMA CITY -- You may have seen a big white van around town lately, with the words "Oklahoma Caring Van" on its side. Nurses are travelling the state, and vaccinating children for free.
The lack of immunization is a serious problem in Oklahoma. One in four Oklahoma kids isn't immunized against deadly diseases like hepatitis, measles and whooping cough.
Registered nurses ride around with the van to administer shots to kids under 18, at no cost. The van is stocked with all of the required vaccinations for school and childcare entry.
The nurses are encouraging families to come out early, well before the school gets back into session.
"A lot of the diseases, there hasn't been outbreaks lately, but you never know when they're going to break out again, and if everyone quits immunizing their children, then they're going to come back again," Kendra Trice with Oklahoma Caring Van said.
After the kids are given shots, their medical records are entered into a state-wide database for future reference.
July 2009 Public Clinic Schedule
Oklahoma City-area - public immunization clinics
• July 21 Buy for Less, 2500 N Penn, 3501 NW Expressway 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
• July 22 Buy for Less, 2701 SW 29th St, 8101 NW Expressway 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
• July 23 Buy for Less, 7957 NW 23rd, 2121 W Hefner Rd 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
• July 25 New Hope Health Fair, 11600 N Council Rd 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
• July 28 Tecumseh Pre-Enrollment, 901 N 13th St (Tecumseh) 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
• July 30 Roblyer Middle School, 27 SW 27th (El Reno) 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Tulsa area - public immunization clinics
• July 25 RRTEC Church, 3321 N. Lewis (Tulsa) 10 a.m. - Noon
• July 25 Dress for Success Health Fair, 1109 S. Peoria (Tulsa) 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.