SPRINGFIELD, Mo.–Before Springfield Public School students hit the books on Wednesday, hundreds of them are stopping by Jordan Valley Community Health Center first to make sure they’re one hundred percent ready for the new year.
The clinic is hosting a back to school event serving as a one stop shop to get physicals, dental and vision exams, and immunizations.
Kids waiting in a long line with their parents in mid August looks like back to school shopping, only at Jordan Valley Community Health Center, it’s more like back to school vaccinations.
“The kids needed shots to return to school and this made it possible because we tried to get a doctor’s appointment and I realized I was way too late scheduling,” says Linell Jones, a mom of six kids.
The clinic saw more than 250 people come through its doors including mother of six, Linell Jones. Her daughter wouldn’t have been ready for the first day of school if not for Jordan Valley’s walk in service for flu shots.
“It would have been sad because this is her first year to school and she wouldn’t be able to start without it,” says Jones.
“It’s real important to make sure their immunizations are all up to speed so they can be protected against all the illnesses that can be out there. Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen some instances of chicken pox coming back up and also mumps and even a few cases of measles,” says Dr. Clint Strong of Jordan Valley Community Health Center.
In another part of the clinic, a family is getting physicals. Dr. Strong met many student athletes, who needed them quickly.
“I’ve seen a lot of kids who have volleyball tryouts today before their sports physicals so they’re coming in getting them at the last minute and headed right over to tryouts,” says Dr. Strong.
Jordan Valley’s back to school event will continue Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The clinic expects to serve at least 800 people total during the two day event.