Free immunizations are available for children ages birth to 18 years and those considered students beyond 18 years of age for vaccine preventable diseases. These include: Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, Haemophilus b, polio, Varicella, and Hepatitis B. Vaccine is provided through the Public Health Service Act (317) and the Federal Vaccine for Children Program. Through a unique agreement with the Price County physicians, our agency provides vaccine to all local physicians. In return, the physicians agree to: comply with state immunization policies; do not charge the patient for the vaccine; and return the signed consent form to our department. The Price County Health Department is the central record keeper for the county immunization records. The goal of both the physician and the department is to increase the numbers of children in Price County that are protected from vaccine preventable childhood illness through immunizations.
Adult tetanus shots are also offered routinely at our monthly clinics as well as at our flu clinics each fall. TB skin tests are offered to county residents who need them for employment reasons. Because of OSHA Standards for Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens that became effective March 6, 1992, our department has continued to receive requests from local industries and businesses for Hepatitis B vaccinations. To meet this community demand, we have again offered Hepatitis B vaccinations to those private sector employees requesting the vaccine.