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Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 29, 2007

Live radio broadcasting with Ronald McDonald, inflatables, prizes, pizza and pop — sounds like a party.

But, it’s an important day for the Ironton and Lawrence County health departments. It is the first time they have joined together to have an immunization clinic of this size.

All of the childhood immunizations will be offered free to anyone 18 years old and younger on Aug. 10.

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“This is the first time it’s been done this big,” said Alicia Fannin, Ironton City Health Department nurse. “They’ve had smaller ones in the past and we’re trying to go a little bit bigger this year.”

Immunizations offered will be DTAP for a diphtheria, tetanus and pertuses; HIB for protection against a type of influenza that causes infections; Prednar, that fights against pneumonia; MMR for measles, mumps and rubella; varicella for chicken pox; polio shots; shots for hepatitis B; HPV to help prevent cervical cancer for girls; RotaTeq for rotavirus, an oral solution; and a shot for meningitis.

“We’re hoping for a good turnout to get the kids immunized for kindergarten and to get the kids up-to-date on all their shots,” Fannin said.

Some of the local grocery stores will provide pop and ice and Giovanni’s is providing the pizza.

Ronald McDonald is sponsoring the clinic and he will be there talking to the children.

Gift certificates will be given out for door prizes from Long John Silver, Kehoe and BW3. Wendy’s will be giving coupons for free Frosties.

Adults can get free blood pressure checks and children can get their faces painted.

A live radio broadcast and inflatables also will be at the clinic along with a fire truck and possibly a police car and ambulance, if available.

“We are going to try to have some games set up for the younger kids (also),” Fannin said.

The immunization clinic will be set up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the old hospital telepad, across the street from the Ironton Health Department at 2120 S. Eighth St.

“We’re just trying to make it so the kids aren’t afraid of coming in and getting immunized because it is a very important part of their lives,” Fannin said.

For more information, call the city health department at (740) 532-2172.