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Lee County to host child immunization clinic

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FORT MADISON (WGEM) -- Officials at the Lee County Health Department will be resuming free immunization clinics for children at their main office on Wednesday.

Officials said it will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will be appointment only.

They said those wanting to schedule an appointment should call the health department and ask for the immunization nurse.

Officials said they're hoping parents take advantage of the opportunity, especially those with infants and toddlers.

"We're looking at this population, especially from zero to two, who are unable to wear masks and help protect themselves so help getting them back on their vaccinations and keeping them on schedule will help with that process too," community health program manager Emily Biddenstadt said.

Offering a number of vaccines, ranging from measles to pertussis, Biddenstadt said the clinics were usually held twice a month until pandemic forced them temporarily shutter the program.

She said they resumed the immunization clinics at their Keokuk location about a month ago but said Wednesday's clinic would the first one in Fort Madison in a while.

Biddenstadt said they're hoping people are able to keep their children fully vaccinated, especially with COVID-19 still in the community.

"So we're hoping that parents still keep their children on their schedule for their vaccinations so that helps protect their children," she said.

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Blake Sammann

Blake Sammann is a reporter and weekend anchor at WGEM News.

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