Routine Child and Adult Immunizations
The Vanderburgh County Health Department (VCHD) operates an Immunization Clinic where vaccines (also known as immunizations or shots) are offered to children, adolescents (teens) and adults in conjunction with the Indiana State Department of Health’s (ISDH) Immunization Program. All immunizations are given according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines. Please see below for basic information about our clinic.
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Walk-ins are accepted on Wednesdays 8:00 am – 10:00 am & 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Insurance, Fees & Requirements to be seen
- There is an $8.00 administration fee per vaccination payable at the time of the visit. Individuals will not be denied services due to the inability to pay the administration fee.
- Children that have Medicaid, do not have insurance, have insurance that does not cover shots, or are American Indian or Alaskan Native may come to the VCHD.
- Children with private health insurance should use the Vanderburgh County Health Department clinic ONLY if their healthcare provider does not carry shot(s).
- Adults will be seen based on their financial and medical risk eligibility.
- If you have insurance, please call prior to coming to VCHD to verify eligibility.
- It is the parent’s responsibility to know their insurance coverage for their child’s shots.
- Bring insurance card(s) with you.
- Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian or another adult over 18 years of age WITH a letter signed by the parent or legal guardian, naming the adult and child, and giving the adult permission to bring in the child.
- A complete shot record showing all immunizations since birth is required for each child to be vaccinated.
Helpful Hints for Locating Immunization (Shot) Records:
This step is very important because the VCHD can only count vaccine dates for which you have a written record.
- Call all secondary schools (i.e. high school) you last attended and request your shot records. They may be located with your academic record, or stored in the nurse’s office or in the main school corporation building.
- Ask your parents and/or look through you and your siblings’ baby books, receipts, other papers that may be stored in family records for the names and dates of shots.
- Call all previous healthcare providers, employers and local health departments of counties in which you have lived and ask them to look you up in their registry.
Vaccines for Children & Adolescents
Children and adolescents who are not properly vaccinated are at an increased risk of becoming ill by serious and potentially fatal vaccine-preventable diseases like influenza (flu), measles, chickenpox and pertussis (whooping cough). Without being properly vaccinated, children and adolescents can spread these diseases to others at home, daycare, school and the community.
Indiana Requirements: Indiana Law (IC 20-34-4) and Administrative Code (410 IAC 1-1) require school children be immunized against certain diseases or file a religious or medical waiver. Click here for a complete list of the minimum immunization requirements for school entry for the 2016-2017 school year issued by the Indiana State Department of Health.
The VCHD Immunization Clinic administers the following vaccines to children and teens through 18 years of age. Due to an unpredictable vaccine supply, not all vaccines may be available at the time of your visit.
Vaccines for Adults
Immunizations are not just for kids. Every year, thousands of adults in the United States contract, are hospitalized or even die from vaccine-preventable diseases. There are a number of adult vaccines that are recommended based on your age and medical risk factors.
2017 Recommended Immunizations for Adults: By Age
Eligibility for adult vaccines is based upon CDC and ACIP recommendations and health insurance status.
- Hep A (hepatitis A)
- Hep B (hepatitis B)
- HPV (human papillomavirus)
- Influenza (flu)
- MCV4 (meningococcal)
- MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
- PCV13 (pneumococcal)
- PPSV23 (pneumococcal)
- Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis)
Due to an unpredictable vaccine supply, not all vaccines may be available at the time of your visit.