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Through the ChildProtect program, Lancaster General Health offers free immunizations against childhood diseases to children in Lancaster County who do not have insurance or who are enrolled in Medical Assistance.  Since 1991, more 70,000 children have benefitted from this program.

Immunizations protect children and adolescents from preventable diseases. ChildProtect is a vaccine immunization program now celebrating its 25th year of providing free immunizations to at-risk children, aged one month to 18 years.

The ChildProtect partnership continues to this day and has expanded to children with no insurance or those enrolled in Medical Assistance.

Having begun as an emergency response to a German measles outbreak in the Amish community, LG Health partnered with Amish Bishops and local fire companies to provide free immunizations to almost 5,000 children in remote areas of Lancaster County.

ChildProtect offers free immunizations from January through November from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Here is the fall schedule:

  • Mondays, Sept. 19 and Nov. 21 at the LG Health Columbia Outpatient Center, 306 N. 7th St., Columbia;

  • Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Garden Spot Fire and Rescue, 339 E. Main St., New Holland;

  • And Wednesday, Oct. 19 at Bart Township Fire Company, 11 Furnace Road, Bart.

Appointments are not required, but parents or guardians must bring the child’s up-to-date immunization record. More information is available from Michelle Hargraves, ChildProtect Program Coordinator, 717-544-3144.

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