Childhood Immunization

Program Information

 

Immunizations are available for infants, children, adolescents and adults.  The Allen County Health Department follows the CDC Recommended Immunization Schedules for all vaccines.  We participate in the Vaccine for Children (VFC) Program through the Ohio Department of Health.  No child who is eligible for VFC vaccines will be denied services for the inability to pay. Click here for more information.

Information on this page is for children through age 18.   For adult immunization information, please see our Adult/Travel Vaccine page.

 

Birth-2 months Hep  B
2 months DTaP, IPV, Hep B, Hib, PCV, *Rotavirus
4 months DTaP, IPV, Hib, PCV, *Rotavirus
6 months DTaP, IPV, Hib, Hep B, PCV
12-18 months  DTaP (15-18mo), Hib, MMR, Varicella, *Hep A (2), PCV
4-6 years DTaP, IPV, MMR, Varicella
11-12 years Tdap, MCV4, *HPV
16 years MCV4
16-18 years Men B
6 months and up Flu
Every 10 years TD

* denotes vaccines given in series

 

Click here for Vaccination Information – Facts & Resources, March 23, 2017.

 

From what diseases do the vaccines protect my child?

DTaP, Tdap, TD:

  Diphtheria can cause a thick covering in the back of the throat, breathing problems, skin infections, paralysis, and/or inflammation of the heart and death.
  Tetanus can cause very painful tightening of the muscles over the entire body and death.
  Pertussis (Whooping Cough) can cause severe coughing spells, pneumonia, seizures, brain damage, and death.

IPV:  Polio can cause mild illness, fever, sore throat, and paralysis (especially of the respiratory system)

HIB:  (Haemophilus Influenza B) can cause bacterial meningitis, pneumonia, severe swelling in the throat, infections of the blood, joints, bones, covering of the heart

HepA:  Hepatitis A can have an abrupt onset of fever, malaise, anorexia, nausea.  Children younger than 6 years of age many times have no symptoms but are contagious

MMR:

  Measles causes rash, cough, runny nose, eye irritation, and fever. It can lead to ear infections, pneumonia, seizures, brain damage, and death. It is highly contagious.
  Mumps causes fever, headache, vomiting, and swollen glands in the jaw area.  It can lead to meningitis, inflammation of the pancreas, deafness, and painful swelling of the testicles in adolescent males.
  Rubella: causes rash, mild fever, joint pain and swelling in adolescent females. Can cause miscarriage or serious birth defects.

Varicella:  Chicken pox causes blister like rash, itching, and fever.  Can lead to severe skin infections, scars, brain inflammation, and death.

Prevnar:  Pneumococcal disease causes bacterial meningitis, blood infections, pneumonia, ear infections.  Can lead to deafness, brain damage, and death.

Menactra/Men B:  Meningococcal Disease causes meningitis, severe swelling of the brain and spinal cord.  Can lead to a dangerous blood infection and death.

Rotavirus:  Rotavirus causes severe diarrhea, vomiting, severe dehydration, and hospitalization.  Vaccine is effective against the 5 worst strains of rotavirus.

Flu:  Influenza causes abrupt onset of fever, myalgia, sore throat, nonproductive cough, runny nose, headache, and substernal burning.  It can cause bacterial pneumonia, and inflammation of the heart.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV):  HPV can cause cervical cancer and genital warts.  Gardasil is effective against the 4 strains most likely to cause cervical cancer and warts.

When can I bring my child in to get the vaccines? Appointments are available weekly on Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Health Department . Please call for an appointment – 419-228-4457 or Schedule a vaccine appointment on-line.

What is the cost for vaccines? Costs vary depending upon eligibility requirements.  Please call the Nursing Division at 419-228-4457 for details.  We are a participating provider with Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, United Health Care, AmBetter and Medical Mutual.  Cash, check, and credit are accepted with a $2.50 minimum credit card fee.

What should I bring with me? Please bring all past immunization records, if applicable Medicaid card, and all insurance cards. Also bring either the child’s or parent’s social security number.