With immunizations, UNTHSC removing barrier for high school students
UNT Health Science Center’s Pediatric Mobile Clinic will provide free immunizations at Carter-Riverside High to graduating seniors needing a second dose of the meningitis vaccine, a requirement for college attendance or military service.
Mobile clinic staff and UNTHSC pharmacy students will administer the vaccines.
“Schools were telling us that vaccinations are becoming a big barrier for kids planning going to college,” said Dr. Christina Robinson, Medical Director of the mobile clinic and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UNTHSC. “We’re trying to provide the vaccine so there’s one less hurdle.”
The mobile clinic is a 40-foot RV that brings health care services directly to children living in Fort Worth’s most underserved communities. The doctor’s office on wheels is the first of its kind in Fort Worth, which was the nation’s largest city without a mobile unit designated specifically for pediatric patients. It contains two patient exam rooms, areas for case management, social services, registration, laboratory and specimen collection, and a pharmacy.
The clinic offers wellness visits, sports physicals, routine checkups, immunizations, screening, laboratory testing and education in nutrition, physical activity and dental health – all at no cost to families.
Since first hitting the road in May 2014, mobile clinic staffers have administered nearly 1,300 vaccines, 3,200 medical visits and 6,500 vision screenings.