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    Health fair offers children checkups, shots and fun

    The Highlight on Health event, put on by local service groups, aims to keep kids healthy for a new school year.

    By Times staff writer
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published June 29, 2002

    The kids can have a ball while you get them ready for school at the ninth annual Children's Health Fair next month.

    Highlight on Health, which offers free exams and immunizations, including the hepatitis B shot now required for incoming seventh-graders, will be held at the Long Center in Clearwater on July 20.

    Medical professionals will be on hand to give sports physicals, eye exams and hearing screenings. Children can be fingerprinted and videotaped, services which help police locate missing children. Morton Plant Hospital will provide high school athletes with echocardiograms, which detect structural heart disorders.

    The fair will also feature clowns, puppet shows, games and appearances by police dogs and the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office helicopter.

    The event began several years ago when Kiwanis International announced a nationwide effort to make youngsters its top priority. The goal was to immunize 90 percent of all young children.

    The Springtime City Kiwanis Club in Clearwater expanded the concept to include other medical tests and child-safety services.

    It enlisted the help of other Kiwanis clubs and asked for help from the Council of Service Organizations, Upper Pinellas. Today, several other service organizations support the event, including Civitans, Lions, Rotary, Sertoma, Soroptimist and the Pinellas County Health Department.

    No reservations are necessary, but be sure to bring your children's shot records. The event will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 20 at the Long Center, 1501 Belcher Road, Clearwater. For information, call (727) 725-7549.

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