Parents want to do everything possible to make sure their children are healthy and protected from preventable diseases. JCHD is committed to that goal as well. Vaccination is the best way to do that.
Outbreaks of preventable diseases occur when many parents decide not to vaccinate their children.
If children aren’t vaccinated, they can spread disease to other children who are too young to be vaccinated or to people with weakened immune systems, such as transplant recipients and people with cancer. This could result in long-term complications and even death for these vulnerable people.
Jefferson County Health Department participates in the Vaccines for Children program. The VFC program is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and provides free vaccines to children who qualify.
Children are eligible to receive free vaccines before their 19th birthday if:
-they are Medicaid-eligible;
-they do not have health insurance;
-they are American Indian or Alaskan Native; or
-they are underinsured.
JCHD provides the following VFC vaccines:
-DTap -Hepatitis A
-Varicella (Chicken Pox) -Tdap
-Hepatitis B -Gardasil