Free Vaccines For Kids Without Insurance
Posted at: 09/05/2012 12:11 PM
| Updated at: 09/05/2012 11:24 PM
By: Brittany Falkers
Immunizations are a bi part in ensuring a healthy start to the school year, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. That is why the Douglas County Department of Health and Human Services hosted a Children's Immunization Clinic Wednesday.
Children 6-months-old and older got a chance to get those back to school routine immunizations in Superior on Wednesday.
Vaccines are free to children who do not have insurance, are on Medical Assistance, or whose insurance does not cover vaccines.
Rachel Johnson is a Public Health Nurse with Douglas County and says the Children's Immunization Clinic serves as a safety blanket for a lot of families in the area.
"There are still children out there who are unfortunately not insured. So, we really want to make sure that, first of all, a child needs to been seen by a health care provider for their well-baby or well-child care visit," Johnson said, "So, we do encourage them to see their primary provider for that, but in the case they don't have that available, we want to make sure that every child has access to the vaccine."
Following age-appropriate vaccination guidelines helps keep kids healthy and in school rather than sick at home with an illness that could have been prevented, according to state health officials.
This clinic is held once a month throughout the year. For more information visit the Douglas County Health and Human Service Website.