Immunization Program

Vaccines save lives. Just a few generations ago, people lived under the constant threat of deadly infectious diseases like smallpox, polio, and hepatitis. Many of these can now be prevented by the routine vaccination of children and adults. We understand that parents are likely to have questions about vaccines. Nurses are available to discuss these concerns and provide information.

Hours of Service

IMMUNIZATION CLINICS

Walk-in Clinic: Mondays 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Clinics by Appointment:

  • Tuesdays 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

         (For established WIC client families only)

  • Wednesday 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday 1:00 – 3:45 p.m.

To schedule an appointment please call the number below.

  • A parent or legal guardian should be present with a child under 18 years old. Legal guardians must bring proof of guardianship.
  • If the parent or legal guardian is unable to accompany the child you must call our office for instructions.

WAIVER CLINICS

If you choose not to immunize your child against vaccine preventable diseases, you will need to schedule an appointment to meet with a nurse to obtain a waiver at one of the following waiver clinic times:

  • Mondays 8:00 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

** Beginning July 1, 2018, Waivers will be provided BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

**Please note: Medical Waivers (vaccine waived for medical reasons only) must be signed by your child’s physician.

Contact Information: 810-667-0448

Eligibility and Cost

All Lapeer County residents are eligible for the Immunization Program

Vaccines for Children (VFC) and Michigan Vaccine for Children (MI-VFC) eligibility criteria includes children who are:

  • Enrolled in Medicaid
  • Have no health insurance
  • Are American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • Or, have insurance with no immunization coverage when the child presents for vaccinations. (Bring your insurance card with you)

Children who qualify for VFC & MI-VFC will receive free vaccine and may be required to pay a $22.00 administration fee for each vaccination. Vaccines will not be denied due to inability to pay.

Parents of children with insurance coverage for immunizations may contact us to determine if we are able to bill your insurance.

Adults needing immunizations should call our office to determine the vaccine costs, administration fees and insurance coverage information.

Administration Fee: $22.00 per vaccine

Vaccines

Diphtheria, Tetanus, acellular Pertussis (DTaP, Tdap). Prevents three diseases

  • Diphtheria, which can cause fever, chills, and a blocked windpipe
  • Tetanus (also known as lock-jaw) causes breathing problems, extreme pain, and often leads to death
  • Pertussis (also known as whooping cough) can cause severe coughing and pneumonia.

Hepatitis B

  • Prevents Hepatitis B infection which can cause inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis B can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer.

Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (HIB)

  • Prevents Haemophilus Influenzae Type B disease which can cause meningitis, pneumonia, and other serious infections.

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR). Prevents three diseases.

  • Measles, which can cause pneumonia, deafness, and brain damage
  • Mumps, which can cause deafness and inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord
  • Rubella, which can cause birth defects in unborn children

Inactivated Poliovirus (IPV)

  • Prevents Polio which can cause fever, muscle pain, crippling, and death

Varicella

  • Protects against Varicella Zoster Virus, or chickenpox, which can cause fever, skin lesions, and other serious complications

Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV13) & Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (PPSV23)

  • Protects against Pneumococcal disease that can cause sickness and death. It is a leading cause of bacterial meningitis.

Rotavirus

  • Vaccine protects infants from rotavirus that causes high fever, vomiting, and diarrhea. The vomiting and diarrhea caused by rotavirus can be frequent, persistent, and severe.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV9)

  • Vaccine protects adolescents between the ages of 11 – 26 years old from the human papillomavirus, which causes 70% of cervical cancers and about 90% of anal and genital warts.

Meningococcal (MCV4 & MenB)

  • Vaccine protects adolescents ages 11 through college age from meningitis. Meningitis infects the bloodstream, lining of the brain, and spinal cord (causing meningitis)

Influenza

  • Influenza, commonly called “the flu,” is caused by the influenza virus, which infects the respiratory tract (nose, throat, lungs). Unlike many other viral respiratory infections, such as the common cold, the flu causes severe illness and life-threatening complications in many people. All individuals 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine.

Hepatitis A

  • Prevents Hepatitis A infection, which causes liver disease. Receiving this vaccine can provide long-term prevention of Hepatitis A Virus infection.

Shingles (Zoster)

  • Shingles, also called herpes zoster, or zoster, is a painful skin rash caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV). VZV is the same virus that cause chickenpox. After a person recovers from chickenpox, the virus stays in the body. Usually the virus does not cause any problems; however, the virus can reappear years later, causing shingles. Herpes zoster is not caused by the same virus that causes genital herpes, which is a sexually transmitted disease.

After the Shot – What to Expect

Some children may feel sick after receiving a shot. Below are some things to help your child feel better:

  • For redness or swelling at the shot site, apply a cold washcloth to the site
  • Exercise the arm or leg in which the shot was given
  • Acetaminophen (like Tylenol) may be given to lessen discomfort
  • Comfort your child
  • Increase your child’s fluids

Your nurse will give you a record of your child’s shots. Keep it and carry it with you every time you visit your doctor or the Lapeer County Health Department.

Additional Links

  • Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR) – https://www.mcir.org/  
  • Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) –

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/current-vis.html

http://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/vaccine-education-center

http://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-73971_4911_4914_68361-321114--,00.html

https://www.vaccines.gov/more_info/features/five-important-reasons-to-vaccinate-your-child.html

  • Why Children Need Shots –

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/immunizations/Pages/Why-Immunize-Your-Child.aspx

Immunization Coalition

The Immunization Coalition consists of members from the community, including area professionals, Head Start, preschool programs, physician office staff, and other interested individuals.

The goals of the Immunization Coalition include:

  • Protect our children from vaccine-preventable childhood diseases
  • Every child to grow and develop into a strong, healthy individual
  • Increase awareness of required immunizations
  • Increase vaccination levels for our county

These meetings provide an opportunity to stay updated on the frequent changes that occur with immunizations and MCIR (Michigan Care Improvement Registry). If questions or interested in participating you may contact the immunization coordinator at 810-245-5590.