With another school year fast approaching, comes the dreaded task of immunizations for children throughout the region.

To help make getting a shot less traumatic for even the youngest child, Southern Seven Health Department (S7HD) is teaming up with McDonald's restaurants in Anna, Metropolis and Vienna this month for National Immunization Awareness Month.

Every child up to age 18 immunized at the Alexander, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski and Union County Health Departments will receive a coupon, while supplies last, for a free ice cream cone at McDonald's.

Illinois state law requires certain immunizations for children enrolled in childcare, Head Start, Pre-K and elementary and high school.

Southern Seven offers the following child vaccines at each of their clinics: Chicken Pox, MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella), D-TaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis, also known as Whooping Cough), Hib (Haemophilus Influenza), HPV (Human Papillomavirus), Hepatitis A and B and Polio.

For more information about child immunizations, payment assistance and to find a local health department office, call Southern Seven Health Department at 618-634-2297 or visit southern7.org.

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