As of October 1, 2012, the Greenfield Health Department will no longer be able to vaccinate persons who have insurance that covers the cost of vaccines. After this date the Greenfield Health Department will continue to provide vaccinations for children meeting these requirements:
Those without health insurance
Those on BadgerCare or other state health insurance
Those who have health insurance that does not cover the cost of vaccines.
Per State policy and procedure, there are some vaccinations available to adults who meet specific eligibility criteria; please call for additional information.
Preventing disease is crucial to public health. Vaccines prevent disease and protect those who come into contact with unvaccinated individuals. Vaccines are responsible for the control of many infectious diseases that were once common in the United States and around the world.
How Do Vaccines Protect Us From Disease?
When children are born they acquire immunity from their mother, but it begins to diminish after the 1st month of life and is completely gone by around 1 year of age. Children then have to depend on their own immune system to fight off illnesses. Our immune system defends against foreign invaders called pathogens that can cause diseases.
Examples of pathogens are bacteria, fungi, and viruses. When we come into contact with a foreign invader, antibodies are formed to protect us the next time we are exposed to the invader.
Vaccines work in much the same way. Vaccines are derived from either a weakened form of a pathogen or portion of the pathogen which has been genetically altered. When a vaccine is administered an immune response similar to that produced by a natural infection results. This response helps to protect vaccinated individuals from contracting many infectious diseases.
Who Should Be Immunized?
Some parents might think their children do not need to be immunized because the pathogens of the past do not exist today. However, disease preventable pathogens still do exist and those not immunized are at great risk of becoming ill if exposed. Fortunately, these diseases are not often seen because of effective vaccination programs. In addition adults need to be immunized as well. Every year adults become ill, are disabled, and die from vaccine preventable diseases that could have been prevented by vaccination. Immunizing not only protects individuals, but helps to protect the community.
Immunization clinics are held at the Greenfield Health Department on the following days and times:
2nd Thursday 3 - 5 p.m.
4th Thursday 3 - 5 p.m.
Appointments are necessary and can be made by calling the Health Department. Alternate appointments may be scheduled based on nurse availability.
$10 per client visit for routine immunizations.
No client will be refused if unable to pay the $10 fee.
TB skin tests are available for a fee of $15.
Adult Hepatitis A vaccine - 2 Dose Series, $62 per dose
Adult Hepatitis B vaccine - 3 Dose Series, $65 per dose
Fee for pneumonia vaccine is determined annually. Call the Health Department for more information.