CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News UpdateCALIFORNIA: Donation to Fund HPV Vaccines for Youth
By Henry A. Barrios
May 16, 2013
Bakersfield Californian (05.15.2013)
Local television news station KERO Channel 23, Azteca Bakersfield, and the Scripps Howard Foundation have donated $15,000 to California’s San Joaquin Community Hospital’s Children’s Mobile Immunization Program to pay for free human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations for approximately 40 underinsured youth. The vaccine costs $370 for a series of three shots. The vaccines will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis to both male and female 9- to 18-year-olds beginning Saturday May 18, when the mobile unit will visit a health fair at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 1300 Brundage Lane, from 9:00a.m. to noon. The Kern County Public Health Services department also offers HPV vaccines at 1800 Mount Vernon Avenue from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The department accepts different types of payments. For information, call (661) 321–3000 to enquire about cost based on one’s individual circumstances.