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WXYZ-TV/CHANNEL 7 TO HOLD ANNUAL IMMUNIZATION FAIR AUG. 22 AT BELLE ISLE PARK

 SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 will hold the 16th annual Immunization Fair on Sunday, Aug. 22, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., on the Belle Isle Casino verandah in Detroit. The Immunization Fair, part of WXYZ-TV/Channel 7's ongoing "Assignment: Education" public service campaign, is sponsored by WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 and the Detroit Department of Health.
 Annually, the WXYZ-TV/Channel 7, Detroit Department of Health Immunization Fair draws thousands of young people and adults to the scenic Detroit riverfront park. Registered nurses working with over 200 volunteers administer immunizations at no cost to primary school-aged children against polio, rubella, measles, mumps, tetanus, TD boosters (tetanus/diphtheria), HIB vaccine (haemophilus influenza type B) and pertussis (whooping cough).
 Following an increase in the number of lead poisoning cases in 1990, the WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 Detroit Health Department Immunization Fair implemented lead poisoning tests provided through the Lead Control division. The WIC (Women, Infants & Children) feeding program for low- income mothers will again be offered.
 The Detroit Health Department Summer Feeding program will offer free lunches to children under the age of 18. WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 will also provide helium balloons, ice cream and clowns to brighten up the day. Lunches and soft drinks will be available for volunteers of the Immunization Fair.
 The Immunization Fair has received several awards including the City of Detroit's Outstanding Contribution to Disease Prevention Award and the Michigan Public Health Association Public Service Award.
 WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 Vice President and General Manager Tom Griesdorn said, "Unfortunately many children do not receive the medical attention they need. Skyrocketing medical costs make it difficult for families to even afford immunizations for their children. We at Channel 7 are especially proud to once again co-sponsor the Immunization Fair. It's a sign of our commitment to the protection of all children living in the Detroit metropolitan area."
 In addition to WXYZ-TV, Scripps Howard Broadcasting owns and operates television stations in Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, Memphis, Phoenix, Tampa, Tulsa, and West Palm Beach. It also operates cable television systems in California, Colorado, and Florida, with 267,400 basic subscribers.
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 /CONTACT: Robin Hardin-Bailey of WXYZ-TV/Channel 7, 313-827-9307/


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