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City of Milwaukee Health Department hosting annual back-to-school health fairs

Posted at 6:25 AM, Aug 02, 2019

MILWAUKEE — School is just around the corner for many Milwaukee students, prompting officials to lend a helping hand to local kids.

"The Back-to-School Health Fairs are great community events with an important purpose. We want every student to begin the school year healthy, immunized, and ready to learn," Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said.

Services at each fair include school-required vaccinations for children without private insurance as well as lead testing, vision screenings, blood pressure and blood sugar checks, back-to-school professional haircuts, professional hairstyles and much more.

Mayor Barrett and the City of Milwaukee Health Department have announced two 18th annual Back-to-School Health Fair events.

The first will be held on Friday, August 2nd at Washington High School on Sherman Blvd.

Another event will be held on Friday, August 9 at Journey House in Milwaukee. Both events will run from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

"The Back-to-School Health Fairs are team efforts that connect families with a variety of services, all of which make Milwaukee stronger," said Dr. Jeanette Kowalik, the Milwaukee Commissioner of Health.

Free backpacks and school supplies will be provided while supplies last, to children with an up-to-date shot record and lead screenings (on-site vaccinations and lead screenings will be available). Kids must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to receive gifts and services.

"We are committed to providing access to resources by making sure that the health fairs are located on the north and south sides of town. We are thankful for everyone that has donated and volunteered," Kowalik said.

For more information, please call (414) 286-5747 or click here.