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As school — and flu season — kicks off, now is the time to update immunizations and prepare for a productive year. These health centers provide services at low prices or free of charge to uninsured or under-insured patients through the area. Enjoy quality care that won’t break the family bank through these Los Angeles-area providers.

Price: free

Clinica ABC is a very courteous doctor’s office that truly cares about its patients. Its bilingual staff communicates in both English and Spanish. To top it off, it’s great about getting patients scheduled as soon as possible when last-minute needs arise. To be eligible for free immunizations, patients must to fill out a Gateway program insurance application. Applicants are notified within same day if they are approved for free immunizations. Gateway’s insurance only lasts one month but it is intended to be used for immunizations. Clinica also refills patients’ prescriptions if necessary.

Price: free

Dayani and Behmanesh doctor’s office offers free immunizations for children 0 to 21 years old through the Vaccines for Children Program. Parents are encouraged to apply for the Vaccines for Children Program at the doctor’s office. Approval for this program is based on income. Parents must also provide an immunization card for each child This doctor’s office schedules appointments quickly and is an ideal location as it specializes in pediatrics. Patients may receive both physicals and immunizations in time for school registration without spending a bundle.

Price: free

UMMA Community Clinic is one of the best facilities to go to for free immunizations, serving the public for more than 15 years. It is also recognized by the Los Angeles City Council, U.S. House of Representatives, and several major media resources for its continued dedication to assisting poverty-level families. It is also highly respected as the first Muslim clinic built in the United States. Here, children up to 18 years old are eligible for free immunizations. This location is easily accessible for Los Angeles County residents, right in the heart of Los Angeles. UMMA partners with faith-based organizations to provide free health supplies to students, and has aided in first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Program.

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American Indian Healing Center is a unique facility in that it is one of the rare healthcare locations that strives to provide culturally sensitive service to the Los Angeles and Orange County American Indian populations. It also offers services based on a sliding fee scale. Depending on income, office visits can be as low as $25. Children from infants to 18 years old may receive free immunizations here as well.

Price: free

This health center does a tremendous amount of outreach work with the community, including operating a mobile medical unit that administers vaccines, STD testing and birth control. One of the people’s choice health centers in Los Angeles, it always offers timely appointments for busy families. Patients are usually scheduled and seen within a week of initial contact. Services available at Westside Family Health Center include prenatal, teen to 24, and men’s, women’s and children’s health.

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Cassandra Bautista is a freelance writer from Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.