GASTONIA, N.C. -- April is National Public Health Month and National Immunization Month, and the Health Department is marking the occasion with a Saturday vaccination April 24.

A variety of shots will be offered at the clinic, including H1N1 flu, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and
pertussis), meningitis (Menactra), HPV for boys and girls (Gardasil), measles, mumps & rubella
(MMR), varicella (chicken pox), and Hepatitis A & B.

There is no charge for Tdap, H1N1 or many other shots.

Call 704-853-5003 for prices on specific vaccines.

Students who will start sixth grade this fall will be required to have a Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccine. This is an opportunity for students to get that shot free.

While rising sixth graders are getting their Tdap shots, there's an opportunity for them to get a lot of other vaccines that may not be required, but are a very good idea, said Gaston County Health Director Colleen Bridger. And if parents are behind on their immunizations, they can get their shots while they're here.

The clinic will be held 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at the Health Department, 991 W. Hudson Blvd. No appointment is needed. Visitors will enjoy a free ice cream sundae bar with sugar-free ice cream and healthy toppings.

For questions about the clinic, call the Health Department at 704-853-5003.

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