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Blue Cross And Blue Shield Of Texas Commitments To Providing Free Immunizations To 27,000 Children

BCBSTX to Immunize 1 Millionth Child through Care Vans

August 29, 2012

Richardson, TEXAS – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) announced plans today to immunize approximately 27,000 children by the end of 2012. This renewed pledge during National Immunization Month further strengthens BCBSTX’s commitment to the Healthy Kids, Healthy Families program – a three-year initiative that pulls together local, state and national resources in an effort to make a significant impact on childhood health and wellness. Through the Caring for Children Foundation, BCBSTX has already immunized 20,000 kids across the state this year.  And by the end of 2012, BCBSTX will have provided its one millionth immunization to Texas children.

“Too many kids get sick each year and some even die from vaccine-preventable diseases,” said Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, chief medical officer, BCBSTX. “Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas is committed to helping our communities stay healthy and we’re proud to be the primary sponsor of the Caring for Children Foundation’s Care Vans.  We plan to host many more clinics at schools, churches, restaurants, recreational parks, shopping centers, public housing, and community events with the goal of educating, preventing and managing disease within Texas’ underserved communities.” 

The Care Vans are mobile health vans that provide preventive care to uninsured and medically underserved children. Available immunizations include all 14 nationally recommended childhood vaccines including chickenpox, pertussis, HPV, meningitis and more.  The 10 Care Vans also receive support from the Texas Medical Association, Texas Medical Association Alliance and other organizations across the state. Beginning in June of 1997 through December 2011, the program has given 943,027 immunizations to 573,988 children. 

To find times and locations for Care Van mobile clinics, log onto CareVan.org.

About Healthy Kids, Healthy Families
Healthy Kids, Healthy Families is a three-year initiative designed to improve the health and wellness of at least one million children through community investments by Health Care Service Corporation and its Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. The initiative will invest in and partner with nonprofit organizations that offer sustainable, measurable programs to reach children and their families in areas of nutrition education, physical activity, disease prevention and management, and supporting safe environments. To learn more about Health Kids, Healthy Families, please visit www.healthykidshealthyfamiles.org.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas -- the only statewide, customer-owned health insurer in Texas – is the largest provider of health benefits in the state, working with nearly 40,000 physicians and 400 hospitals to serve 4.8 million members in all 254 counties.  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas is a Division of Health Care Service Corporation (which operates Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in Texas, Illinois, Oklahoma and New Mexico), the country’s largest customer-owned health insurer and fourth largest health insurer overall.  Health Care Service Corporation is a Mutual Legal Reserve Company and an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. 
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