Blood lead screening clinic announced for kids in Flint

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BURTON (WJRT) - (10/23/15) - As the effects of Flint's water emergency continue to play out, many parents are still worried about how high lead levels are affecting their kids.

Staff from McLaren Health Plan and the Genesee County Health Department hope to ease some of those worries.

They've just announced a blood lead screening clinic for Flint children.

The blood lead screening will be at the Genesee County Health Department's Burton Clinic on Thursday, Nov. 5.

Organizers say as long as your child is 5 years old and under and lives in a home with Flint water, they will not be turned away.

"Just ‘cause I’d rather know for sure so I can solve the problem now versus having it get worse and worse later on,” said Amanda Urbeck, who has three kids under the age of 4.

Urbeck has never taken them to get their blood tested, mostly because they've only been drinking bottled water.

"We got to the point where we didn't even want to shower using it," she said.

Now Urbeck wants peace of mind and says she'll definitely be taking her kids to the upcoming clinic.

"I don't know, I'll just know that they're not going to get sick from it,” she said.

Urbeck's not the only Flint parent on Medicaid who hasn't taken their kids to get tested for lead, even though they're required to.

That's why organizers say the screening at the Burton clinic on will be so important.

"We want to make it available to make sure those kids have that done,” said Toni LaRocco, with the Genesee County Health Department.

For Urbeck, the clinic will be a chance to make sure her kids are safe - and she's grateful she has that chance.

"You can tell they really care because they want to make sure that everyone's kids are safe and that should make the parent feel great too. 'Cause I know I'm excited to actually get them tested for it,” she said.

Families with kids ages 5 and under can come in from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and again from 1-4 p.m.

As long as you live in a home with Flint water, you will not be turned away.

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