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A single $10 donation to the Texas Care Van Program can help provide a lifetime of protection for a child against vaccine-preventable diseases.

The Caring Foundation of Texas

PURPOSE: Currently, 2.5 million children living in Texas go without all the necessary immunizations to lead healthy, happy lives due to a lack of affordability and access to medical care. Yet, immunizing children is one of the most direct, simple and least expensive ways to build healthier futures for medically underserved families in Texas. For 20 years, the primary goal of The Caring Foundation of Texas' Care Van Program has been to provide free life-saving vaccines to medically uninsured or underserved Texas children. In addition to life-saving vaccines, the program collaborates with health departments, schools and community organizations across the state to provide oral care, hearing and vision screenings, and health education.         

MISSION: The mission of the Caring Foundation of Texas is to immunize uninsured and medically underserved Texas children, and provide targeted preventive health services to help families throughout Texas.

PROGRAM BENEFITS: Using its fleet of specially customized mobile immunization "Care Vans", the Care Van Program is able to serve as a "mobile clinic" by visiting schools, churches, restaurants, shopping centers, public housing and neighborhood events to conduct immunization outreach in the communities where medical and/or public health services are limited. Immunizations provided are those recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Texas Department of Health and Human Services; including but not limited to new immunizations, "booster" vaccine updates, and influenza vaccine. Specifically, mobile outreach clinics are often facilitated during the evening hours and/or the weekend for the convenience of working parents. It's the only statewide program of its kind.          

RESULTS: Since 1997, the Care Van Program has reached more than 903,000 children and provided nearly 1.4 million vaccines throughout December 2019; a significant achievement in public health.  Over the past several years, the program has also provided dental screenings and sealants to nearly 375,000 children and over 668,000 additional health screenings including blood pressure checks, glucose screenings, body fat analysis and strength testing during community health events.  All services are provided by licensed health care providers, community volunteers and emergency medical service personnel.

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