Why does the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department no longer go to surrounding communities to provide immunizations for those who can't get to the health department?
Local health department officials stopped providing clinics in outlying communities because of attendance and cost issues.
"The clinics were poorly attended," said DeeAnne Schoenfeld, immunization program coordinator for the health department. "There would be times when we would be there and no one would come."
Health department officials had to weigh the convenience of the special clinics against the cost of providing them.
As a result, officials decided to end the clinics.
The immunization clinics at the health department, 200 Maine, do have extended hours during the week. Immunizations are available until 8 p.m. on Mondays and 7 p.m. on Thursdays, Schoenfeld said.