Immunizations

Ellen Sullivan, Lisa Beckham and Betty Weible – Phone 636-528-6117 option 0, or email here

The Lincoln County Health Department Immunization Clinic offers vaccination opportunities for all members of our community. Vaccinations are offered in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Through the effective use of vaccines the health care system has reduced, and in some cases eliminated, the threat from many diseases that killed or severely disabled people just a generation or two ago. See the statistics at the CDC website here.

If even a few cases of these diseases exist worldwide, we need to continue receiving regular vaccinations for the protection they provide and keep them from becoming a threat to our community again. We are only 24 hours away from anywhere in the world and vaccines are an important part of everyone’s protection. To preserve safety for all, now and in the future, it’s important to be fully immunized.

Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) are available for every vaccine offered and can be viewed at the CDC website in many languages. Each VIS provides information about the vaccine and the risks and benefits associated.

Appointments

Patients interested in receiving immunizations at the Lincoln County Health Department Immunization Clinic must schedule an appointment.

Appointments are available on:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 8:20 am – 11:00 am and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Services are available by appointment only.
  • Later clinic hours are available on the first Thursday of each month until 6:00 pm.

To schedule an appointment, please call 636-528-6117 ext. 0 to reach the Immunization Program.

To be prepared for your appointment:

  • All patients 18 and under should be accompanied by an adult or guardian.
  • You must bring a current immunization record to the visit.
  • You must bring insurance information or insurance card to each visit.
  • Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to fill out the required consent forms.

 

Immunizations for Infants and Children

Our immunization clinic offers all childhood vaccines that are recommended by the CDC and the state of Missouri. Please check here for a current Infant/Children’s Immunization Schedule. Vaccines are provided by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and are purchased in part with federal funds through the CDC and the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program.

Infants and children who have insurance and include vaccine coverage should have a medical home with their physician and receive their immunizations there.

Immunizations for Pre-teens and Teens

Vaccines are also offered for Pre-teens and Teens. The Lincoln County Health Department offers all CDC and state recommended Pre-teen and Teen vaccines. Please check here for a current Pre-teen and Teen Immunization Schedule. Vaccines are provided by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and are purchased in part with federal funds through the CDC (VFC) Program.

Vaccines received through the state and VFC are available to anyone who meets the eligibility requirements.

Current qualifications for VFC Program vaccines include:

  • Children 18 and under who are uninsured
  • Children 18 and under who are underinsured
  • Children currently enrolled in the Medicaid Insurance Program
  • Children who are American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • Children with health insurance that does not cover vaccines
  • Children with insurance that has only a specific amount covered; after the specific insurance amount they become VFC eligible

Please call our office at 636-528-6117 option 0 for any changes or further explanation of vaccine eligibility requirements.

Adult Immunization Program

Many vaccines received as a child have their protection fade over the years. Other vaccines require booster doses to keep protective levels. The Lincoln County Health Department offers specific adult vaccines. These specific vaccines are offered at a nominal fee. For the vaccines offered and charges please call 636-528-6117 ext.0 for the most current information. If you would like to know the adult vaccines recommended by the CDC please click here.

Missouri School Requirements

The state of Missouri has developed state statutes requiring an up-to-date immunization record for all students attending school. This is to help protect all students and the state has developed a policy for school immunizations and attendance. Please check out the state requirements to see if your child is up to date and ready for school!

Missouri Daycare and Preschool Requirements

Missouri has developed state statutes requiring an up-to-date immunization record for all children entering public and private daycare centers or preschools. An updated list of the immunizations required may be viewed here.

Influenza (Flu)

The flu is a common respiratory disease and highly contagious. Cough, sore throat, fever, runny nose and fatigue are common symptoms affecting the lungs, nose and throat. Flu is caused by three types of influenza viruses; types A, B and C.

Being contagious the flu can be spread easily from one day before symptoms up to a week after symptoms begin. Illness can last for a week to ten days but, the typical illness lasts three to five days.
Sharing or spreading the flu is through contact with someone who is ill. This means coughing or sneezing close to others, drinking or eating after others or handling any contaminated object can potentially give you and others the flu.

The best prevention from spreading the flu is washing your hands; this is for ill and well people! Cover your cough and sneeze and throw away soiled tissues. Remember if you have the flu stay home until you are fully recovered to prevent spreading to others. For more information on the flu and its prevention and spread visit the CDC website.

Complications can develop and become severe. Complications can include; pneumonia, ear infection, sinus infection, and possibly death. Children under five, adults 50 and older, pregnant women and certain medical conditions (illnesses of the lungs, heart, kidneys, liver and blood) are at higher risk of developing severe complications.

Your best means of preventing flu for you and your family is for everyone six months and older to receive an annual flu vaccination. The health department offers annual flu vaccine to eligible children (six months through eighteen years) when the vaccine becomes available in the fall.

Flu cases have been reported all year long, but the normal flu season is from October to March. Adults can receive their vaccines at many local pharmacies or at their physician’s office. Please call the health department at 636-528-6117, ext. 0 if you are having trouble finding the vaccine and we will assist you if possible.

Travel Vaccinations

Ellen Sullivan, Lisa Beckham and Betty Weible – Phone 636-528-6117 option 0, or email here

The CDC website is a wealth of information for international travelers. The health department offers some vaccinations travelers may need at a nominal fee. These include; Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Tdap. For up-to-date pricing please call 636-528-6117 option 0.