Campaign to increase flu vaccinations starts Sunday

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A new Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center campaign begins Sunday, Aug. 6 to increase the number of kids in the Cincinnati area who are vaccinated against influenza.

The hospital is working with Cincinnati First Ladies for Health, who are volunteering to educate and connect communities with resources to help families take charge of their kid's health.

This year, 32 churches and six recreation centers will take part. They are in high-risk, economically disadvantaged neighborhoods with challenging health outcomes.

There will be more than a dozen locations where families can go to be immunized on the Third Annual Health Day on Oct. 8.

Last year on First Ladies Health Day, only 35 percent of parents reported their kids having had a flu shot in the past 12 months.

The Cincinnati Health Department reports the number of students getting the vaccine is about half of what it was only a few years ago.

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