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ROSALYNN CARTER, BETTY BUMPERS TO VISIT WASHINGTON WITH JEAN GARDNER TO PROMOTE IMMUNIZATIONS

 ROSALYNN CARTER, BETTY BUMPERS TO VISIT WASHINGTON
 WITH JEAN GARDNER TO PROMOTE IMMUNIZATIONS
 OLYMPIA, Wash., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and Betty Bumpers, wife of U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers (D., Ark.) will join Washington First Lady Jean Gardner in a series of events May 18 and 19 to promote childhood immunization.
 The women will visit Yakima and Toppenish on May 18 and the Seattle area on May 19.
 "About half of Washington's children are not receiving appropriate immunizations," said Gardner. "This visit by Mrs. Carter and Mrs. Bumpers will raise public awareness of this problem which cuts across all income levels in both rural and urban areas."
 Carter and Bumpers are the co-founders of "Every Child By Two," a Washington, D.C.-based organization advocating immunizations to prevent childhood disease.
 "We're creating a nationwide network of influential women, concerned parents and community leaders to help ensure children get immunized," said Carter. "By providing vaccine at no cost to health care providers throughout the state, Washington is making significant strides toward increasing the rate of immunizations among young children."
 The trip to Yakima and Toppenish will include visits to the county health district office, a community clinic and the Yakima Indian Health Center. The Yakima Junior League, which is sponsoring a weekend immunization program with the county health district, will host a reception for the three women.
 In Seattle, they will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. on the 19th at Children's Hospital and Medical Center, followed by a luncheon at Group Health Cooperative with business, government and community leaders. Other events include a tour of a clinic administered by the Seattle/King County Department of Public Health and a forum and reception at the Seattle Art Museum hosted by the Seattle Junior League.
 The junior league affiliates in Yakima and Seattle, along with affiliates throughout the nation, have been advocating preventive health care for children, and particularly immunizations, for several years.
 "We are establishing a strong partnership to promote immunizations here in Washington," said Gardner. "Government agencies, the business community, health care providers and the junior league are coming together as a coalition with a key message: Vaccines can prevent lifelong disability and death, and the stakes are too high for parents not to ensure their children are vaccinated."
 Itinerary of Events for
 Rosalynn Carter, Betty Bumpers and Jean Gardner
 Yakima, Washington
 May 18, 1992
 Approx. 2:15 p.m. Press Conference/Tour of Immunization
 Clinic
 Yakima County Health District
 104 North First Street, Yakima, WA 98901
 3:15 - 3:45 p.m. Neighborhood Health Center - Photo
 Opportunity
 12 South 8th Street, Yakima WA 98901
 4:10 - 4:40 p.m. Tour of Yakima Nation Health Clinic -
 Photo Opportunity
 401 Buster Road, Toppenish, WA 98948
 4:50 - 5:20 p.m. Meeting with representatives of the
 Yakima Farmworkers Clinic to discuss
 federal legislation - Photo Opportunity
 Office of Community Education &
 Counseling Services
 315 South Elm Street, Toppenish, WA 98948
 6:15 - 6:45 p.m. Reception hosted by Yakima Junior League
 Photo Opportunity
 Ceremonial program by representatives of
 Yakima Indian Nation
 Yakima Valley Museum
 2105 Tieton Drive, Yakima, WA 98902
 Itinerary of Events for
 Rosalynn Carter, Betty Bumpers and Jean Gardner
 Seattle, Washington
 May 19,1992
 10 a.m. Press Conference/Tour of Infant Unit
 Wright Auditorium, Children's Hospital
 & Medical Center
 4800 Sand Point Way, Seattle, WA 98105
 12:30 - 2:15 p.m. Luncheon with Immunization Coalition
 hosted by Group Health Cooperative
 Photo Opportunity and Tour of Child Care
 Program
 Group Health Cooperative
 521 Wall Street, Seattle, WA 98121
 2:45 - 3:45 p.m. Tour of Southeast Seattle Community
 Health Center - Photo Opportunity
 4400 37th St. S., Seattle, WA 98118
 Briefing on immunization program by
 David Lurie, Director Seattle/King
 County Department of Public Health,
 along with representatives of Mayor's
 Office, City Council, County Executive's
 Office and County Council
 5:45 - 6:30 p.m. Forum on Immunization, Sponsored by the
 Seattle Junior League and the Washington
 State Department of Health
 Seattle Art Museum
 100 University Street, Seattle, WA 98101
 6:30 -7:30 p.m. Reception hosted by Seattle Junior
 League in Museum Grand Stairway
 Media Photo Opportunity
 -0- 5/13/92
 /CONTACT: Dean R. Owen of the Washington State Department of Health, 206-753-3934/ CO: Washington State Department of Health ST: Washington IN: SU:


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