CASA Staff: Tammy Barnes
Children and adolescents in foster care have often experienced episodic, fragmented, and inadequate health care prior to foster care placement. (Task Force for Healthcare for Children in Foster Care 2005). Child welfare workers, foster caregivers and CASA volunteers need to assure children in care receive optimal preventive healthcare, including immunizations and health screenings, to overcome past disadvantages and promote positive healthcare for the children they serve.
This responsibility has become even more challenging as the number of recommended childhood vaccines has increased exponentially, while in our information/technology age, fear of disease has shifted to concerns regarding vaccine safety. This workshop explores current immunization guidelines, controversies surrounding immunization, and recommended health screenings for children of all ages.