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FHP(R) HEALTH CARE TO CO-SPONSOR THE 1993 KIDS CARE FAIR PROGRAM OF FREE CHILDHOOD IMMUNIZATIONS

 CERRITOS, Calif., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Responding to a plan under study by the Clinton Administration calling for free immunizations for pre-school-age children nationwide, FHP Health Care today announced it would again support Kids Care Fair, a program of free immunizations and health screenings for children of Southern California.
 FHP, one of the country's largest health maintenance organizations, is donating $50,000 to support the program in five Southern California counties -- Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura.
 Kids Care Fair, now in its fourth year, is co-sponsored by KABC-TV; the American Red Cross, Los Angeles Chapter; Children Now, an advocacy group for children; and Crest brand toothpaste. It is planning a series of screenings and immunizations Sept. 10-12 at more than 30 sites throughout the five-county area. Vaccines for the program are donated by the health departments of the five counties.
 "There is no question that prevention of disease is vital to our entire community," said Asha Chopra, M.D., an FHP associate vice president and a member of the Kids Care Fair Medical Advisory Committee. "Prevention saves $10 for every $1 spent on immunizations, improves the quality of life for children and their families and saves lives," she said. "We're proud to be taking the lead in this area for another year," she added.
 Last year's fair served more than 8,300 children from ages two months to 15 years. Some 10,344 immunizations were given. Nearly two-thirds of those participating had no family health insurance (61.5 percent), and more than 22 percent of parents were unemployed.
 In addition, information was provided on infant and pre-natal care, child health and disability prevention, home safety, drug awareness and lead poisoning.
 FHP Health Care provides hospital, medical and dental care to more than 771,000 members in all. Besides Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Guam, the company serves 395,000 members in Southern California.
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