Jill Conley’s lower lip began trembling as the nurse prepared her chicken pox vaccination.“Is it going to hurt?” she asked her mom, Bettina.
“A lot less than chicken pox,” Bettina replied.
Jill, 9, and her younger sister, Isabel, 8, were at the free immunization clinic offered by Lacamas Medical Group last week. It was coordinated for families who are without a regular health care provider.
Although no one enjoys getting vaccinations, Bettina feels it is better than the alternative.
“It’s a lot worse if they get these diseases,” she said. “I don’t want to see them sick with something we can prevent.”
The vaccination clinic is one of four being offered this month in Southwest Washington. The goal is to get children current on their immunizations before school begins. Children who are not fully immunized may be sent home from school if a disease outbreak occurs.
Some parents exempt their children from vaccinations for religious or personal reasons, which has resulted in Clark County having one of the highest exemption rates in the nation at 7 percent.