Public Health offers free immunization clinic to qualified children

Franklin County Public Health is offering free vaccines to children whose families meet qualifications. Immunization staff, as pictured, are from left to right: Ashley Claussen, RN, Elaina Johns, RN, Veronica Guerrero, Interpreter, Linda Hamman, RN and Immunization nurse, Ashley Roberts, RN Administrator, and Heather Holm, Immunization Coordinator and receptionist. PHOTO BY GREG FORBES

Franklin County Public Health wants to remind parents and guardians that free immunization services may be available for their children through the Vaccines for Children Program that is offered by the state of Iowa Public Health currently offers immunizations against Hepatitis B, MMR, Polio, DTAP, Varicella, HIB. Rotavirus and pneumonia, as well as, Meningitis, Hepatitis A, HPV and influenza for children up to 18 years old.

To qualify, the family must not have insurance, must be on Medicaid or have an insurance provider that does not cover vaccinations.

The service is offered from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Calling ahead is recommended. Veronica Guerrero, FCPH Interpreter, said that Public Health vaccinates upwards of 15 people per session. Clients include children receiving regular vaccinations and individuals who have not previously received vaccinations who are then placed on a catch up schedule.

Guerrero said they recommend children received vaccinations every two months.

Heather Holm, immunization coordinator, said that vaccinating children is important for a number of reasons. First, she said, the schools require certain immunizations. Additionally, the state over the past 2 years mandated that students receive a meningitis vaccination as well, which Public Health also provides.

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