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Immunizations

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The primary goal of our Immunization program is to prevent the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases in Putnam County. Our office is open Monday through Friday for your convenience in scheduling an appointment.

All children ages 6 weeks through age 18 can receive free childhood vaccines. Anyone ages 19 and older may qualify for another free limited selection vaccine program, otherwise, for those clients 19 years and above there is a fee for vaccines. Federal regulations now require us to collect insurance information for all clients regardless of age.

Note: Customers providing proof of Medicare Part B (non-HMO) coverage may be eligible for Influenza (Flu) and Pneumococcal (Pneumonia) vaccines at no charge to the customer.

Latest Immunization Requirements for Children, Adolescents and College Bound Students 

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/easy-to-read/child.html

http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2010.pdf

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/rec-vac/index.html

Florida has a very strong and successful immunization program. Without assurance of high immunization levels, visitors and Floridians would not be able to enjoy the high quality of life the state offers. Currently, the maintenance of high immunization levels contributes positively to the state's economy by lower disease incidence, lower healthcare costs and ensuring travelers may confidently visit Florida without contracting a vaccine-preventable disease.

The program ensures a cause and effect response by monitoring immunization levels in vulnerable populations throughout the state, thereby contributing to strategies to attain and sustain high immunization levels. This has the effect of increasing herd immunity and lowering vaccine-preventable disease rates.

Vaccine Preventable Diseases 

Measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis, diphtheria, tetanus, polio, varicella, pneumococcal disease, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza, meningococcal and Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) are all preventable by vaccine. These common childhood and adult diseases are highly contagious and are particularly dangerous to very young children who have relatively low resistance to infection and more prone to develop serious complications such as deafness, retardation, brain and spinal cord damage and, occasionally, death.

HPV:

Over 14 million people will be infected with HPV this year. HPV can cause cancers that affect both men and women. Prevent HPV -related cancers by vaccinating your boys and girls ages 11 -- 12. Talk to your child's doctor about how you can close the door to cancer today. View the video for more information.