By Staff Report

The Kids Healthcare Foundation and St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital will host a healthy day of flu prevention for the whole family on Saturday, March 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will provide free immunizations, including flu shots and nasal sprays, for kids and flu shots for adults, as well as fun, educational activities about how to avoid the flu. Shots will be provided for as long as they are available, by both appointment and walk-in.

Aimed at reaching eligible, yet uninsured children in the greater Tampa area, on-site application and enrollment support for Florida’s KidCare insurance programs will also be provided. Children in a family of four earning up to $47,100 a year or more may qualify for free or low-cost health insurance. Florida’s KidCare program covers regular check-ups, immunizations, doctor and dentist visits, hospital care, mental health services, prescriptions and more. For more information about Florida’s KidCare insurance program, go to or call 1-888-540-5437.

“This event gives us the opportunity to address two important health issues here in Tampa – the rampant flu we’ve seen this season and getting uninsured families the coverage they need,” said Melanie Hall, Executive Director of The Kids Healthcare Foundation. “We’re looking forward to connecting with Tampa families to give them the care they need, both now and down the road.”

Many children go uninsured even though they are eligible for health benefits through the Florida KidCare program. Having health coverage can make a major difference in a child’s life. Children with health insurance lead healthier lives, do better in school, and their families have greater peace of mind. This event is part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Connecting Kids to Coverage campaign, a nationwide effort to enroll eligible children and teens in CHIP and Medicaid.

“Families Fight the Flu!” Will take place at Brandon Family Resource Center, located at 1271 Kingsway Rd., in Brandon.


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Kelly Wise Valdes
Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.