Students who are in need of certain vaccinations will have the opportunity in April.
The Rush County Health Department will conduct its next immunization clinic for children on Thursday, April 3 between the hours of 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m in Room 105 at the courthouse.
Immunizations available are Diptheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Polio, Hib, Hepatitis B, Varicella (chickenpox), Prevnar, Rotovirus, HPV (Gradasil) and Meningococcal (Mentactra). These are provided free of charge from the Indiana State Department of Health to children through the age of 18. Some shots are required for school, while others are only recommended.
Children under 18 are required to have a parent or guardian fill out and sign permission forms each time the child receives an immunization. Records of previous immunizations should be brought in with the child.
Federal guidelines state if a child has insurance coverage, other than Medicaid, you will need to contact the insurance carrier to see if the insurance covers vaccines. If it does, you will need to contact your doctor and have the child receive his or her vaccine from the doctor. Even if you have a deductible or co-pay, you must get the vaccine from the doctor.
To be eligible to receive the immunization at the Rush County Health Department you must be on Medicaid, or be uninsured which means that the insurance does not cover vaccines or a particular vaccine.
Marge Amos, an R.N. at the Health Department, stresses the importance of vaccines.
“For me, a nurse in the health field, I see these vaccines as being very important for children,” Amos said. “Children must have these immunizations for school. If they do not have them by a certain time, children can be expelled. If it is against a student’s beliefs, etc., then their parent has to sign a waiver stating that they are not to get immunizations. If a student is waived of the immunizations and there is a particular outbreak of a virus that an immunization was given for, the student can’t attend school during that time.”
Amos also explained that if a student does not have their immunizations done by the deadline given by the school system then they can be expelled. As long as arrangements are made ahead of time then the child will not be expelled.
Questions may be directed to the Rush County Health Department at 765-932-3103.