Vaccines can protect students more than ever before, but millions of Texas’ children miss out on basic immunizations they need to stay healthy.
One in four children in Texas is not properly immunized. Many are uninsured and medically underserved children who lack access to necessary immunizations and vaccines. In Texas, kids need tetanus, hepatitis and meningitis vaccines and several others for public school enrollment.
Texans Can Academies has worked with the Caring for Children Foundation of Texas and its Care Van® Program to obtain these necessary immunizations for the students of Texans Can campuses in Dallas, Austin and Houston.
Students in need of immunizations were able to receive vaccines early in the school year to help keep them healthy throughout the year, including a flu shot. The Care Van Program is the signature program for the Caring for Children Foundation of Texas, with thanks to lead sponsor Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX). Through this outreach program, immunizations and health screenings are provided at no cost to the uninsured and medically underserved students.
Any chance we have to build a relationship to lead to a healthier future for students in Texas, we are excited.
“Providing this service to our students is an obvious choice for us,” said Texans Can CEO Richard Marquez. “Creating a healthy and safe environment for our students leads to more time in the classroom, which leads to more graduates. These students are getting necessary immunizations to enroll at our campuses as well as moving on to college campuses.”
More importantly, low immunization levels compromise gains in all areas of health. The underprivileged and most vulnerable students who need immunizations continue to be the least likely to receive them. Texans Can Academy and the Care Van are working to change that for the better.
“Any chance we have to build a relationship to lead to a healthier future for students in Texas, we are excited,” said Terri Lyons, lead nurse for the Dallas-area Care Van. “We are proud to bring our vans to Can Academy campuses.”
The Care Van Program is uniquely designed to eliminate barriers that commonly prevent children from receiving on-time, age-appropriate immunizations in traditional health care settings. The Care Vans travel to schools, churches and community locations in several regions throughout the state. In addition to vaccines, the program collaborates with health departments, school districts and county agencies to provide oral care, hearing and vision screenings, and educational programs. It’s the only statewide program of this kind.
For nearly two decades, the Care Van Program has successfully immunized enough children to fill AT&T Stadium, Alamodome, Minute Maid Park, Sun Bowl, Kyle Field and Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium at the same time — twice! BCBSTX continues to support the organization’s efforts by providing primary administrative support to the foundation so that 100 percent of all additional donations and sponsorships can directly support the Care Van Program and health outreach initiatives.
Visit carevan.org to learn more about the Care Van Program and its outreach efforts.