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Health Department To Offer Child Immunization Clinics

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Health Department To Offer Child Immunization Clinics

By Lynne Roberts. CREATED Jul 27, 2014

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is offering back-to-school shots starting Monday.

Edited from a press release from the Springfield-Greene County Health Department:

It might seem a little early, but now is the time for parents and guardians of school-age children to think about required and recommended vaccinations for the 2014-15 school year.

Parents should begin working vaccinations into their family’s schedule as soon as possible, as the last few days before school starts often see crowded waiting rooms at the health department, clinics and doctor’s offices.

“It’s easy to become busy getting supplies and clothes for back-to-school and forget immunizations,” said Cindy Wyman, BSN, RN, Immunization Coordinator for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. “Children will not be allowed in school if their immunizations are not up to date. Last year our clinic saw approximately 450 people during the week before and the first week of school. To avoid the rush--and the lines--the sooner, the better for immunizations.”

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department provides Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program vaccines at no cost for children age 18 and under who meet one of the following criteria:

• Uninsured or Medicaid eligible

• American Indian or Alaskan native

• Underinsured (have insurance that does not cover vaccines) – This does not include those who have a high deductible or co-pay

Children who are VFC eligible (except those with Medicaid) but reside outside Greene County will be charged an administration fee of $21 per visit.

Children who have insurance that covers vaccinations may receive routine immunizations from their health care providers. The Springfield-Greene County Health Department can provide purchased vaccines for children who have insurance coverage, but they will have to pay at the time of immunization and file insurance themselves. Due the day of immunization will be the cost of the vaccine plus an administration fee. Call (417) 874-1220 for current prices.

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department’s back-to-school vaccination clinics for Medicaid, uninsured or underinsured children will begin on Monday, July 28 and run through Friday August 22. Walk-in clinics will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday at the Westside Public Health Center at 660 S. Scenic Ave. No appointments are necessary. Participants need to bring the child’s immunization records.

Any additional questions can be directed to the Westside Public Health Center at (417) 874-1220.

Additional Resources:

· List of required immunizations for public school students in Missouri

· Schedule of free immunization clinics to be held by Springfield Public Schools between July 30 and August 6 at various high schools and middle schools.

Lynne Roberts

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Texas native Lynne Roberts joined the KTTS news team in January 2014.