Immunizations

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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: (1) those without health insurance, (2) on BadgerCare or other state health insurance, and (3) 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.

Please see letter to parents with additional information.

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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 first month of life and is completely gone by around one 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.

 

 

Abbreviation Dictionary:

DTaP= Diphtheria, Tetanus, acelluar Pertussis

 

    

IPV= Polio

 

Hib= Haemophilus influenzae B

 

    

Hep A= Hepatitis A

 

HPV= Human Papillomavirus Vaccine

 

    

Hep B= Hepatitis B

 

MCV= Meningococcal Vaccine

 

    

MMR= Measles, Mumps, Rubella

 

PCV= Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine

 

    

PPSV=Pneumoccal polysaccharide Vaccination

 

Rv= Rotavirus

 

    

Td/ Tdap= Tetanus, diphtheria/ Tetanus, diphtheria, acellular Pertussis

 

Varicella= Chicken Pox

    

Zoster= Herpes Zoster (Shingles) Vaccine

 

 

Recommended Immunizations

Age

    

Immunization

Newborn– 2 months

    

Hep B

2 Months

    

DTaP, IPV, Hib, PCV, Rv & Hep B

4 Months

    

DTaP, IPV, Hib, PCV,& Rv

6 Months

    

DTaP, IPV, Hib, PCV,& Rv

6-18 Months

    

Hep B & Influenza (yearly)

12-18 Months

    

DTaP,  IPV, Hib, MMR, PCV, Varicella & Hep A

24 Months

    

Hep A

4-6 Years

    

DTaP, IPV, MMR, & Varicella

11-18 Years

    

Tdap, MCV, and HPV

Over 19 Years

    

Td / Tdap (every 10 year), Influenza (yearly), HPV, MCV,  Zoster (60 years and up), & PPSV

Immunization clinics are held at the Greenfield Health Department on the following days and times:

2nd Thursday 3:00 to 5:00 PM

4th Thursday 3:00 to 5:00 PM

 

Appointments are necessary and can be made by calling (414) 329-5275.  Alternate appointments may be scheduled based on nurse availability.

 

Fee Schedule:

    $10.00 per client visit for routine immunizations.  No client will be refused if unable to pay the $10.00 fee.

     

    TB skin tests are available for a fee of $15.

Fee for pneumonia vaccine is determined annually.  Call (414)329-5275 for more information.

 

We do not offer the Zostavax (shingles) vaccine at the Greenfield Health Department, but it is offered at the following clinics:

 

Aurora Pharmacy- St. Luke’s Medical Center

2900 W. Oklahoma Avenue

Milwaukee, WI 53215

414-649-6930

    

Aurora Pharmacy- St. Luke’s Physician Office Building

2801 W. Kinnickinnic River Parkway

Milwaukee, WI 53215

414-649-6738

Aurora Pharmacy- St. Luke’s South Shore

5900 S. Lake Drive

Milwaukee, WI 53110

414-489-4600

*By appointment only.

Walgreens Pharmacy

4405 W. Layton Avenue

Greenfield, WI 53220

414-281-5762

Walgreens Pharmacy

5860 S. 108th Street

Hales Corners, WI 53130

414-529-3222

    

Walgreens Take Care Clinic

6030 W. Oklahoma Avenue

Milwaukee, WI 53219

414-327-1010

Walgreens Pharmacy

6210 W. Loomis Road

Greendale, WI 53129

414-423-1485

 

If you are still looking why we immunize go to http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/why.htm          

 

For more information on immunization go to http://www.immunize.org/ the Immunization Action coalition, also http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/default.htm the CDC web site.