Free immunizations and physicals are among the services that will be available at the 10th annual citywide RU Caring Back to School Health Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at Montefiore Academy. The entrance to the fair is located at 1310 S. Ashland Ave.
The event is hosted by RU Caring, a community service program run by Rush University students. Co-sponsors include Alderman Bob Fioretti and the Chicago Department of Public Health.
Students of all ages are welcome to participate. Rush employees, physicians, nurses and students volunteer their time and expertise to provide school physicals, vision and hearing screenings, dental exams and update immunizations for the start of the school year. In addition, students will be able to play games and win a limited number of school supplies.
Research shows that healthy students have better attendance and perform better in school. Physicals and updated immunizations are required for students entering kindergarten, first grade, fifth grade and ninth grade (ages 5, 10 and 15 for ungraded programs). Students enrolling in Illinois schools for the first time and children up to 6 years old entering preschool are also required to have a physical exam and updated immunizations.
Sharon Gates, senior director for multicultural affairs and community outreach for Rush University, cites the collaboration between students and physicians from different disciplines as a reason for the program’s success.
“The student leaders of RU Caring are constantly looking for ways to address the needs of our community,” she said. “People come together and work in a cohesive, focused manner to help kids in need.”
Registration is not required. For more information, contact Sharon Gates at (312) 942-3670.