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Metro Health Offers Free Vaccines At Parks And Rec Youth Programs This Summer

Metro Health

Metro Health is offering free vaccines this summer to 11 and 12-year-olds participating in the Parks and Recreation Summer Youth Program.  

Metro Health will visit various youth program locations to administer the vaccines.

Carol Schliesinger is the Public Relations Manager for Metro Health. She says Metro Health is coming to where the kids are to make it convenient for their parents.  

“We definitely want parents to think about vaccines for health, not as an equivalent of starting school,” Schliesinger says. “We definitely want parents to consider getting their child vaccinated whenever they have their well exam once a year with their medical provider, and they don’t have to wait until back to school when the lines are ridiculously long.”

Parents will be able to choose which vaccines they want their children to get, though Schliesinger says the Tdap and Meningitisvaccinations are required for school entry in the fall.

More information can be found here.

Louisa Jonas is an independent public radio producer, environmental writer, and radio production teacher based in Baltimore. She is thrilled to have been a PRX STEM Story Project recipient for which she produced a piece about periodical cicadas. Her work includes documentaries about spawning horseshoe crabs and migratory shorebirds aired on NPR's Weekend All Things Considered. Louisa previously worked as the podcast producer at WYPR 88.1FM in Baltimore. There she created and produced two documentary podcast series: Natural Maryland and Ascending: Baltimore School for the Arts. The Nature Conservancy selected her documentaries for their podcast Nature Stories. She has also produced for the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s Distillations Podcast. Louisa is editor of the book Backyard Carolina: Two Decades of Public Radio Commentary. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her training also includes journalism fellowships from the Science Literacy Project and the Knight Digital Media Center, both in Berkeley, CA. Most recently she received a journalism fellowship through Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where she traveled to Toolik Field Station in Arctic Alaska to study climate change. In addition to her work as an independent producer, she teaches radio production classes at Howard Community College to a great group of budding journalists. She has worked as an environmental educator and canoe instructor but has yet to convince a great blue heron to squawk for her microphone…she remains undeterred.