With the fun and relaxation that come from summer weather, it is easy to forget that kids can get sick; however, Saint Xavier University’s (SXU) Health Center is already planning for the beginning of the school year with vaccinations for children. With preventable diseases such as pertussis (whopping cough) and measles resurfacing, it is important to protect children and keep them healthy with vaccines. Local families are welcome to receive their immunizations at the Health Center on SXU’s Chicago campus, 3700 West 103rd Street.
“Receiving all recommended immunizations is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself and your children against diseases such as measles, whopping cough and influenza,” said Katie Schlee, nurse practitioner and director of Clinical Services at SXU’s Health Center.
There are mandatory vaccines for students to attend kindergarten through grade 12, all of which are included in the Health Center’s services. For students entering sixth and grade 12, it is necessary they show proof of the meningitis vaccine. The SXU Health Center also carries recommended vaccines such as shingles, pneumonia, Gardasil (HPV) and influenza.
While same day appointments are available, reserving an appointment will reduce waiting time. Most health insurances cover the cost of preventative vaccines at 100 percent. For carriers that do not fully cover services, SXU’s Health Center has the option of low, self-pay rates, with the acceptance of cash, credit or check. All community members are welcome to use the Health Center.
For more information or to make an appointment, please call SXU’s Health Center at 773-298-3712 Monday through Friday during the hours listed below:
- Monday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;
- Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.;
- Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;
- Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.;
- Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Information about the importance of vaccines can be found online.