– Children: Medicaid/Uninsured/underinsured – ages 2mo – 19th birthday at Clinton County Immunization Clinic for Children (VFC provider) – 3rd floor IU Frankfort Hospital – Tuesday’s and Thursday’s 10am – 6pm. Call 765-656-3350 for appointment. Bring shot records and Medicaid card, if applicable.
– All Ages: Private/Commercial Insurances – at 400 E. Clinton Street location – main health department office. Bring insurance card. Call 765-659-6385 ext. 1308 or ext. 1301 for appointment.
– Adults: uninsured or covered by Medicaid – 317 program – There are a limited number of vaccines available for this program. Please call for appointment at 765-659-6385 ext. 1301.
– Seasonal Influenza (flu) vaccine available – typically late September thru June. Children with Medicaid or uninsured call for appointment at 765-656-3350. Commercial insurance coverage for all ages or adults not covered by insurance, call 765-659-6385 ext. 1301.
– Travel immunizations – call 765-659-6385 ext. 1301 for information. Limited number of vaccines available.
Q: When should I start my infant’s immunizations?
A: Most infant’s started immunizations while still in the hospital. Just after they are born, the first Hepatitis B vaccine is given. The next time for vaccines would be at age 2 MONTHS.
Q: How many shots will my infant get?
A: At the first visit (age 2 months), there are several vaccines that should be given to protect your child. Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Hepatitis B, haemophilus influenza type b (HiB), Polio, Pneumococcal (Prevnar-13), Rotavirus (oral solution).
While this looks like too many injections, thankfully there are vaccines that come in combinations like 1) Pediarix which is a combination of Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP), Polio and Hepatitis B and 2) Pentacel which is a combination of DTaP, Polio and HiB. So the typical first visit could be 3 injections (Pediarix, HiB, Prevnar) and 1 liquid to drink (rotavirus).
Q: What is the recommended schedule for getting vaccines?
A: The CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommend that children get started at 2 months followed by visits at 4 months, 6 months, 12 months, 14-15 months, 18 months. Annually, get the flu vaccine in the fall. Kindergarten boosters beginning at age 4 years. Boosters again at age 10 or 5th grade and again at age 16 years.
Q: What does a general/typical schedule look like for vaccines?
A: 2 months: DTaP, Polio, Hepatitis B, HiB, Pneumococcal, Rotavirus
4 months: DTaP, Polio, HiB, Pneumococcal, Rotavirus
6 months: DTaP, Hepatitis B, HiB, Pneumococcal, Rotavirus, Flu (2 doses for the
12 months: Hepatitis A, Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) and Varicella
(Chicken Pox) or combination of MMR/Varicella (Proquad)
14 – 15 months: Pneumococcal, DTaP, Polio, HiB
18 months: Hepatitis A
4 years: Boosters: DTaP, Polio, MMR, Varicella
10 years: Boosters: Tdap, Meningitis ACWY (MCV4), Human Papilloma Virus
6 months later: HPV
16 years: Meningitis ACWY (MCV4) and Meningitis B
1 – 6 months later: Meningitis B
Don’t forget about the annual flu vaccine beginning at age 6 months.
The first time your child gets a flu shot, you may need to come back in 4 weeks to get a second dose (if younger than 8 years old when starting). After that, your child will only need the flu vaccine annually.
Tdap during Pregnancy
The CDC recommends that women get the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccine during each pregnancy, preferably between 27 and 36 weeks gestation, regardless of when they last had the shot to pass protection to their baby against whooping cough (pertussis). For more information, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/pregnant/mom/get-vaccinated.html
The CDC also recommends family members and caregivers get the Tdap vaccine to provide indirect protection to your baby. When your baby’s family members and caregivers get a whooping cough vaccine they are not only protecting their own health, but also form a “cocoon” of disease protection around the baby during the first few months of life.
Encourage others to get a whooping cough vaccine at least 2 weeks before meeting your baby if they are not up-to-date with their whooping cough vaccines.
The Clinton County Health Department offers the Tdap vaccine to pregnant women and their families by appointment. 765-659-6385 ext. 1301 or ext. 1308