What’s the difference between making decisions about immunizations versus other types of health care: When you decided not to have certain tests when you were pregnant, such as genetic testing, only you and your family were affected. But decisions about immunization affect public health.
There’s a concept called “herd immunity,” and we all depend on it. Herd immunity limits the spread of a disease when a large enough percentage of the population is vaccinated against it. This indirectly protects unimmunized people. When the percentage of people vaccinated drops below a certain level – which varies from disease to disease – we no longer meet the herd immunity threshold and the spread of a previously rare disease becomes possible.
If we stopped vaccinating, or even if our level of vaccination declined to specific levels, diseases that are almost unknown would return. More children would get sick and more would die.
Immunization is a choice you make for your child and your family. It is also a choice you make for us all. Make a choice for public health!
Audrain County Health Department offers immunizations to those in need and also meet the vaccine eligibility criteria. This clinic is held twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. in Mexico at the Audrain County Health Department, and the 2nd Thursday of every month from 9:30-11:00 a.m. at the Lange Building in Vandalia.
You MUST bring your immunization record with you.
A person under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian or be accompanied by another adult and have written permission from parent or legal guardian.
What shots does my child need?
Birth to 12 years 7 to 18 years 19 and older
Vaccinations are NOT just for kids!
Adult Vaccinations are an important step in protecting your health. You took great care of making sure your children were vaccinated against diseases. Now its your time to take care of yourself. As you get older, you may also be at risk for vaccine-preventable diseases due to your age, job, hobbies, travel or chronic health conditions.
You should take the following steps to protect yourself and your loved ones:
Learn about vaccines recommended for adults based on age and risk factor
Talk with a healthcare professional about which vaccines are right for you
Keep track of your vaccinations and make sure you stay up to date
ACHD is contracted with the following insurance companies:
AETNA Better Health of Missouri
All Savers/UHC Choice Plus
Anthem BCBS - Blue Preferred PPO
Anthem BCBS - Blue Preferred
Anthem BCBS - Blue Access PPO
BCBS - Federal Employees Plan
Care Improvement Plus
Coventry - My Retiree Health Program
Golden Rule/United Healthcare
Medicare Part B (Pneumonia and Flu)
United Healthcare - Choice Plus
United Healthcare - Navigate Plus
UMR - UHC Network
United Healthcare - Compass
United Healthcare - Core
United Healthcare - Options PPO
United Healthcare - Charter
United Healthcare - Select
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