Vaccine Preventable Diseases
Vaccine preventable diseases such as pertussis (whooping cough) and measles are commonly thought to be a thing of the past. Unfortunately, this is not true, and the need to immunize on time with all recommended vaccines continues to persist. Today, safe and effective vaccines are available to protect against chicken pox, diphtheria, haemophilus influenza type b, hepatitis A & B, human papillomavirus, influenza, measles, meningococcal meningitis, mumps, pertussis, diseases to which individuals might be exposed. Please see the immunization schedules to determine which vaccine(s) you or your child may need.
Kent County Health Department has several clinic locations throughout Kent County. You can make an appointment by appointment by calling (616) 632-7200. All clinics are open Monday through Friday, however hours vary by location. TB tests are not administered on Thursdays and at certain times prior to a holiday. Test results must be verified by a public health nurse within 48 to 72 hours after administration.
Receiving routine vaccinations does not have to be expensive. At Kent County Health Department, individuals who qualify through special programs; the Vaccines for Children Program (VFC) or the Michigan Adult Vaccine Program (MI-AVP) are eligible to receive the vaccine free of charge. However, a sliding scale vaccine administration fee (currently $0 - $23) may be charged for each injection given. Please review the current Insurance information below and fee schedule for more details. The Kent County Health Department accepts cash, check, Discover, MasterCard or Visa. As of March 1, 2011, a $25.00 fee will be charged for all returned checks. The USCIS-1693 form is available at our Fuller and South locations. A copy of the yellow book is available at our Fuller location.
Many health insurance plans cover routine immunizations. The Kent County Health Department bills Medicaid, Medicare Part B, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Care Network and Priority Health. If the client is fully insured by any other company, vaccines will be administered at the current fee schedule.
The Kent County Health Department provides foreign travel vaccines in accordance with CDC recommendations for individuals traveling outside the United States. Travel shots are by appointment and provided only at the Fuller clinic location. A travel consultation fee will be charged for each visit. Travelers are encouraged to call (616) 632-7200 at least two months prior to traveling or as soon as they are aware of a trip abroad to schedule an appointment. Please bring a current immunization record with you to your travel appointment. Most insurance companies do not cover travel vaccines.
Kent County Health Department accepts cash, check, Discover, MasterCard or Visa. Please see our current fee schedule for detailed pricing information for vaccines, vaccine administration fees, and consultation fees.