Hundreds of Treasure Valley students roll up their sleeves for back-to-school immunization day
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Hundreds of low-income families walked inside the clinic at Southwest District Health in Caldwell Saturday for back-to-school-immunization day.
Each family paid only $14 per child for an unlimited number of shots.
Dozens of children sat on their parents' laps, receiving shots for elementary school, while others like Nampa's Alena Millhouse received a meningitis shot in order to walk-on to campus at UNLV this fall.
"It's just go in, get the shot and get out," Millhouse said. "It will me continue and get a higher education."
"It's all about money," Kenny Millhouse, Alena's father said, "and surviving, eating, paying your bills. Times are tough right now in America, not just in Nampa-Caldwell. The services are a helping hand and not a handout."
12-year-old Topu Lavulavu got five shots only weeks before he begins middle school.
"I don't actually have words for how grateful our family is," Tefua Lavulavu, Topu's father said tearing up. "The truth is, when anything comes like this, we're happy to take it because money, it's tight."
The family clinic served more than two hundred families Saturday.