Grin and bear it!
Confirmed cases of measles in Butler and Sedgwick counties reaffirm the need for children to receive immunizations, Marion County health officials say.
To help kids muster up their bravery and get their shots, the health department will let kids getting kindergarten shots pick out stuffed bears to hold and then take home.
The bears were donated by an anonymous donor who had a collection no longer wanted.
“We want it to be as pleasant an experience as possible,” office manager Jessica Gilbert said. “Not that it will be painless, but that there will be a reward at the end.”
Administrator Diedre Serene said most children have their primary shots by 1 or 2 years old and receive their last boosters by ages 4, 5, or 6. At 14 years old, children need another set of boosters.
Wednesdays are dedicated to immunizations. Appointments may be made at (620) 382-2550. Parents should bring immunization records and health insurance information.
The health department is north of St. Luke Hospital at 504 S. Roosevelt St. in Marion.