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One of the most important things you can do to protect you and your family’s health is to receive all recommended immunizations at the appropriate time they are due. Vaccines help people live longer and have healthier lives by preventing infectious diseases, some of which have the potential to cause long-lasting or permanent health problems, or even death

Immunizations are the best protection against serious diseases. Vaccines are safe and effective and were developed to protect individuals from dangerous diseases especially those that can spread easily in a school, pre-school, daycare or work setting.

In order to provide the most effective immunization program for children and adults, we would like to share important information regarding vaccinations and their costs. State law and health regulations require students/daycare attendees to be properly immunized. Some employers require certain immunizations for their employees. Costs should not prevent you or your child from getting vaccinated.

The Vaccine for Children (VFC) program is designed to help protect all children against vaccine-preventable diseases. Unfortunately, many children are not vaccinated because their parents either do not have health insurance or their health insurance does not cover vaccines. Visit the CDC's Vaccines for Children Program (VFC) page for more information about VFC.

Children are eligible to receive free vaccines before their 19ht birthday who: are Medicaid-eligible; do not have health insurance; are an American Indian or Alaskan Native; or are underinsured. Health Departments and VFC providers may charge a small administration fee to give the free vaccine if they choose.

Adults who meet certain requirements may qualify for free vaccines. Talk with a health department representative for more information.

If covered by insurance; a copy of the insurance card will be needed to ensure that your insurance will be billed for the cost of the vaccine and the administration fee. If the insurance does not cover the cost, the policyholder will be invoiced for the cost.

If you have any questions, please check with your child’s school or daycare or contact the health department at 573-897-3103 for more information.

Recommended Immunization Schedules (please click on each to view)

Children: Birth – 6 years

Adolescents: 7-18 years