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 continue to immunize against these and many other diseases continues to persist. Today, safe and effective vaccines are available to protect against chicken pox, diphtheria, haemophilus influenza type b, hepatitis A & B, human papilomavirus, influenza, measles, meningococcal meningitis, mumps, pertussis, diseases to which individuals might be exposed.
Immunizations help protect your child's health. Children who are not immunized are at risk for diseases which can sometimes be fatal. Children should receive most of their vaccinations by the time they are 18 months old, with additional vaccinations required before going to kindergarten, adolescents need vaccinations again at 11-12 years of age. It is important that children are fully immunized on time to be protected from disease. If you or your child have missed one or more doses of vaccine, it is never too late to catch up. See your healthcare provider to get back on track.
While most people think immunizations are just for children, immunizations are important for people of all ages. Adults should receive a booster dose of Tetanus, Diphtheria (Td) vaccine every 10 years, at least one booster dose of Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine and may need additional vaccinations based on their age, disease risks and health status.
Kent County Health Department has several clinic locations throughout the county so you may receive routine immunization services by appointment at a location convenient to you 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 Vaccine Replacement Program (MI-VRP) 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.
Many health insurance plans cover routine immunizations. The Kent County Health Department bills only Medicaid, Medicare Part B, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Care Network. If the client is fully insured by any other company, vaccines will be administered at the current fee schedule.
Urgent Notice for Travelers: The Yellow Fever Vaccine is in very short supply nationally and most or all supplies will be exhausted by July, 2017. (A limited number of clinics across the U.S. will have a different YF vaccine shortly - Kent County Health Department is an approved site for the Yellow Fever vaccine called Stamaril. Call 616-632-7200 to schedule an appointment.) Please check on availability of vaccine prior to scheduling trips to countries with a Yellow Fever Vaccine requirement. These countries can be found at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/diseases/yellow-fever
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.
Additional Sources of Immunization Information
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