Disease prevention is the most cost-effective health-care intervention available in the United States and around the world. With the exception of clean safe drinking water, no other human endeavor matches immunizations in combating infectious diseases and reducing mortality rates. Vaccinations help to stop or reduce the spread of disease resulting in the protection from illness and death for millions of people.
What immunizations are available?
Scott County Health Department offers a variety of immunizations for children, teens, adults, and traveling individuals. Take a look under the Adult, Child, and Travel Vaccinations tabs for additional information about what immunizations are required. A few immunizations that SCHD offers include, but are not limited to:
- Hep A & B
- Tetanus (Dtap & Tdap)
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
- Influenza (Flu)
What travel immunizations do I need?
The best way to find out what immunizations are needed prior to your trip is by going to the CDC Travel Destinations page and selecting where you are traveling to. This site will also give you current health information about the area, such as what diseases you may be exposed to and what diseases are currently spreading. Most areas require that you be up to date on common immunizations, but also recommend or require immunizations such as:
- Japanese Encephalitis
- Yellow Fever
- Malaria- (this is a medication you will need to get from your doctor, but commonly needed for travel)
***Please note Scott County Health Department does not keep these vaccines on hand and we need to refer to the nearest Health Department that offers these vaccinations.
Making sure that children of all ages receive their vaccinations on time is one of the most important things parents can do to ensure their children’s long-term health - as well as the health of friends, classmates, and others in the community. Although some vaccine-preventable diseases have become rare thanks to vaccines, outbreaks still happen.
Make sure your child is up to date on his/her immunizations. Click the immunization link below to view what your child will need or may need to catch up on.
2021 Birth to 18 years Immunization Schedule
Vaccines for children include:
- Chickenpox (Varicella)
- Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DtaP)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Haemophilus Influenzae type B (HIB)
- Genital Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
- Meningococcal (Meningitis)
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
- Pneumococcal (Pneumonia)
- Rotavirus (RV)
Kansas requires vaccinations to enter school. Below is a list of documents that parents may find helpful for getting their children vaccinated and ready for the 2021-2022 school year.
2021-2022 K-12 Immunization Requirements
2021-2022 Child Care Immunization Requirements
*Click here to learn more about the 2021-2022 immunization requirements for school.
- Infants and children
SCHD offers the Vaccines For Children (VFC) Program to assist families with children that are 18 years old and younger, who may not have insurance, under-insured, or who have Medicaid (State) Insurance. With this program, each vaccine is $20.26.
*Please call the Health Department at 620-872-5774 to schedule an appointment or walk-in appointment is done during normal business hours if time allows.
The Scott County Health Department provides vaccinations, like the ones listed below, to prevent illnesses and promote a healthy lifestyle.
If you have any chronic illnesses or take any medications that may delay you from receiving a vaccine, contact your doctor to confirm you may still receive it. You may also need a doctor’s order for a vaccine if you are outside of the appropriate age range. It is important to discuss vaccinations with your doctor to ensure you are getting the right ones at the right time.
*Please call the Health Department at 620-872-5774 to schedule an appointment or walk-in appointment are done during normal business hours if time allows.
- Infants and children
Routinely recommended adult vaccinations may include:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- HPV - Human Papiloma Virus (up to age 26)
- Meningococcal up to age 23 (24 and older would need a Doctor’s order.)
- Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis - Tdap
- Tdap is also available through our "Cocoon Project": for those who do not have insurance or who are under insured, and expecting a newborn family member.
- Influenza (flu shot)
- Shingrix (Shingles) - age 50 and over (new FDA recommendation)
- Medicare does not pay for this shot, so neither will a supplemental plan- Part D coverage will be checked before receiving the shot.
- Check with BCBS to ensure your shot will be covered.
Every year more and more people are traveling internationally — for vacation, business, volunteerism, school, and to visit friends and family. Whatever your reason for traveling, when it comes to your health and safety abroad, a person needs to be proactive, prepared, and protected. It is important to:
- Know your destination and the international travel vaccinations that are required or recommended, as well as what illnesses you may be exposed to, etc.
- Contact your doctor or medical provider. Don’t wait! It may take several weeks to get the necessary vaccinations completed.
- Take all your travel medications as prescribed!
- Pack wisely! Make sure to be aware of where you are traveling to and what weather or work conditions you may be in.
*Go to the CDC Travel Destinations page and select where you are traveling to get the most up to date health information about the area and what vaccines you’ll need!
Travel Vaccinations and Diseases:
Routine vaccines for travelers may include:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
**Please call ahead to ensure SCHD has the vaccine you need in stock and check with your insurance to see if they will cover the vaccines you need.
Seasonal Flu Vaccine:
The single best way to protect oneself from the flu is to get a flu shot. A flu vaccine protects against three influenza viruses will be the most common during the upcoming season. The virus antigens in the vaccine change each year based upon international surveillance and scientific estimations about which types and strains of viruses will circulate. About 2 weeks after vaccination, antibodies develop and provide protection against influenza virus infection.
*For more information about the Flu Vaccine, go to CDC Influenza page.
When to Get the Flu Vaccine:
The Center for Disease Control states, "You should get a flu vaccine before flu viruses begin spreading in your community since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against flu. Make plans to get vaccinated early in the fall before flu season begins. CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October. Getting vaccinated later, however, can still be beneficial and vaccination should continue to be offered throughout the flu season, even into January or later."
Who can get a Flu Vaccine?
Everyone 6 months and up should get a flu vaccine each flu season.
*Each individual should consult his/her doctor before getting the flu shot to ensure they are getting the appropriate vaccine.
There are 3 different flu vaccines that the health department offers:
- Regular Flu Vaccine: 6 months +
- Flublok: *egg free*, for ages 50-64
- High Dose: recommended for ages 65+
Flu Shot Clinics:
Scott County Health Department is more than happy to send a nurse to your work, assisted living area, or to a home bound individual to receive a flu shot.
Please call our office to schedule a Flu Shot Clinic at 620-872-5774
*Scott County Health Department accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and BCBS and other Private Insurance.