The mission of the Immunization Program is to reduce vaccine preventable diseases by providing affordable immunizations to all people from birth through adulthood. The goal is to have all Huron County residents up-to-date on their immunizations appropriate for their age.
Immunizations are a series of shots needed to avoid serious illness due to vaccine preventable diseases.
Diphtheria, Tetanus, acellular Pertussis
Prevents three diseases: Diphtheria which can cause fever, chills and a blocked windpipe; Tetanus, known as Lock-jaw causes breathing problems, extreme pain and often leads to death; Pertussis, known as Whooping Cough causes severe coughing and pneumonia.
Prevents Hepatitis B infection which can cause inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis B can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer.
Haemophilus Influenzae B
Prevents Haemophilus Influenzae B disease which can cause meningitis, pneumonia and other serious infections.
Measles, Mumps, Rubella
Prevents three diseases: Measles, which cane cause pneumonia, deafness and brain damage; Mumps which can cause deafness and inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord; and Rubella which can cause birth defects in unborn children.
Prevents Polio which can cause fever, muscle pain, crippling and death.
Protects against Varicella Zoster Virus or chicken pox which can cause fever, skin lesions and other serious complications.
Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PVC13) & Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine
Protects against Pneumococcal disease that can cause sickness and death. It is a leading cause of bacterial meningitis.
Vaccine protects infants from rotavirus that causes high fever, vomiting and diarrhea. The vomiting caused by rotavirus can be frequent, persistent and severe.
Gardasil (Human Papillomavirus)
Vaccine protects adolescents between the ages of 11 - 26 years old from the Human Papillomavirus that causes 70% of cervical cancers and about 90% of anal and genital warts.
Vaccine protects adolescents ages 11 through college age from meningitis. Meningitis infects the bloodstream, lining of the brain and spinal cord (causing meningitis).
Influenza, commonly called "the flu," is caused by the influenza virus, which infects the respiratory tract (nose, throat, lungs). Unlike many other viral respiratory infections, such as the common cold, the flu causes severe illness and life-threatening complications in many people. All people 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine.
Prevents Hepatitis A infection which causes a liver disease. Receiving this vaccine can provide long-term prevention of HAV infection.
Shingles, also called herpes zoster or zoster, is a painful skin rash caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV). VZV is the same virus that causes chickenpox. After a person recovers from chickenpox, the virus stays in the body. Usually the virus does not cause any problems; however, the virus can reappear years later, causing shingles. Herpes zoster is not caused by the same virus that causes genital herpes, a sexually transmitted disease.
After the Shot - What to Expect
Some children may feel sick after receiving a shot. Below are some things to help your child feel better:
For redness or swelling at the shot site, apply a cold washcloth to the site.
Exercise the arm or leg in which the shot was given.
Acetaminophen (like Tylenol) may be given to lessen discomfort.
Comfort your child.
Your nurse will give you a record of your child's shots. Keep it and carry it with you every time you visit your doctor or the Huron County Health Department.
Hours of Service
Clinics are held by appointment:
Tuesdays (8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.)
Thursdays (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Please call to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins accepted. A parent or legal guardian must be present with a child under 18 years old. Legal guardians must bring proof of guardianship.
Outreach clinics are held in Sebewaing and Harbor Beach. Please call for an appointment.
(989) 269-9721, ext. 136
Eligibility and Cost
All Huron County residents are eligible for the Immunization program.
Vaccine for children (VFC) and Michigan Vaccine for children (MI-VFC) eligibility criteria includes children who are in enrolled in Medicaid; have no health insurance; are American Indian or Alaskan Native; or have insurance with no immunization coverage when the child presents for vaccinations. Children who qualify for VFC & MI-VFC will receive free vaccinations and may be required to pay a $20.00 administration fee for each vaccination. Parents of children who do not qualify for VFC & MI-VFC will be required to pay vaccine and administration fee if their insurance does not cover it.
Adults needing immunizations should call our office to determine the vaccine costs, administration fees and issurance coverage information.