What’s the difference between making decisions about immunizations versus other types of health care? When you decide not to have certain tests when you are pregnant — like genetic testing — only you and your family are affected. But when you decide not to get recommended or required immunizations, you affect yourself, your family and our entire community.
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 drops 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 everyone in our community. Make the choice for public health!
The 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. at the Health Department in Mexico, 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. Everyone 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 a parent or legal guardian.
As an adult, getting vaccinations is important to protect your health, your family and our community. You may be at risk for vaccine-preventable diseases due to your age, job, hobbies, travel or chronic health conditions. Take steps to protect yourself and others with the following actions:
• Learn about vaccinations recommended for adults based on their age and risk factors.
• Talk with your doctor about which vaccinations are right for you.
• Get vaccinated.
• Keep track of your vaccinations and make sure you stay up to date.
The Health Department has contracts with the following health insurance companies to provide vaccinations:
• 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 ASO
• Coventry PPO
• Coventry - My Retiree Health Program
• GEHA/Healthlink OAIII
• Golden Rule/United Healthcare
• Home State
• Mail Handlers
• Medicare Part B (Pneumonia and Flu)
• Missouri Care
• 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
• Tricare West
Make sure your children have all their required vaccinations before school starts in August.
It is important for children and their childcare providers to have all recommended vaccinations before entering a childcare facility.
Vaccinations help to protect mothers and their babies and are an important part of a healthy pregnancy.