Public Health Nurse
Public Health Nurse
Free Walk-In Children’s Immunization Clinics:
- Every Thursday of the month from 8:00-11:30 AM and 1:00-3:30 PM unless otherwise posted
- Beginning October 31, 2018, we will have an office at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 46 Cale St., Poseyville, IN 47633. We will be open every Wednesday from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.
The Posey County Health Department Immunization Program operates in conjunction with the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Immunization Program. We receive our vaccine through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program funded by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We document our vaccines in the Children and Hoosier Immunization Registry Program (CHIRP).
These free walk-in clinics are for:
- Children that do not have health insurance
- Children that have Medicaid
- Children that are underinsured (insurance that does not cover vaccines)
- Children that are American Indiana or Alaskan Native
Requirements to be seen:
- Complete shot record showing all immunizations since birth.
- Children should eat before coming to the clinic
- Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The child may come with another adult if the parent/guardian dates & signs a letter naming the adult, giving the adult permission to bring the child.
The following is a list of the minimum immunization requirements for the 2016-2017 school year set by the Indiana State Department of Health:*This is the first year that children entering kindergarten are required to have 2 doses of Hepatitis A vaccine and High School Seniors are required to have 2 doses of meningococcal vaccine.*3 to 5-year-olds: 3 Hep B (Hepatitis B), 4 DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus & Pertussis), 3 Polio (Inactivated Polio), 1 MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella), 1 VaricellaKindergarten: 3 Hep B, 5 DTaP, 4 Polio, 2 MMR, 2 Varicella, *2 Hepatitis AGrades 1 to 5: 3 Hep B, 5 DTaP, 4 Polio, 2 MMR, 2 VaricellaGrades 6 to 11: 3 Hep B, 5 DTaP, 4 Polio, 2 MMR, 2 Varicella, 1 Tdap (Tetanus & Pertussis), 1 MCV4 (Meningococcal conjugate)Grade 12: 3 Hep B, 5 DTaP, 4 Polio, 2 MMR, 2 Varicella, 1 Tdap, *2 MCV4*New requirement for this yearFor more information check out http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/
Adult Vaccination Program:
We are an Indiana Publicly Funded Adult Vaccine Provider. This program provides Tdap, HPV, Hepatitis A, and Hepatitis B vaccines at no charge to qualifying adults, 19 years of age and older. To receive this vaccine, one must meet the financial need and risk category requirements set forth by the Indiana State Department of Health.
The following is the risk category requirements for each vaccine:
- Tdap vaccine: No prior history of vaccination
- Tdap vaccine: women between 27-36 weeks into their pregnancy.
- Tdap vaccine: expectant fathers, household members, and family caregivers. They do not need to reside in the same home.
- Tdap vaccine: fathers, household members, and family caregivers of an infant under 12 months of age. They do not need to reside in the same home.
- HPV vaccine: males and females 19-26 years of age
- Hepatitis B vaccine: adults who have been diagnosed with Diabetes Type 1 or Type 2. These adults must bring in a statement of the diagnosis signed by the healthcare provider on the healthcare provider’s letterhead or prescription pad.
- Hepatitis B vaccine: injection drug users (IDU)
- Hepatitis A and/or B vaccine: men who have sex with men (MSM)
- Hepatitis A and/or B vaccine: adults whose healthcare provider has reported them to the health department as testing positive for chronic Hepatitis B and/or C.
- Hepatitis A and/or B vaccine: household and sexual contacts of a reported Hepatitis B and/or C case.
- Hepatitis A vaccine: illicit drug users
- Hepatitis A vaccine: household or close contacts of a reported Hepatitis A case.
Communicable Disease Investigation
Indiana Administrative Code IAC 410 1-2.3-47 requires physicians, hospitals, and laboratories to report certain diseases to the county health department where the patient/client resides. Click here for the list of reportable diseases in Indiana. The physician, hospital, or laboratory sends us the confidential information via phone, fax, or the Indiana National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (I-NEDSS) computerized database. Since some of the reportable diseases are spread by food, water, animals (i.e. mosquitos and bats), or coughing, we may ask you specific questions about where you have traveled, work, eaten, buy groceries, etc. We ask these questions to determine who else may become sick and to control a potential outbreak. We will provide you with information about your illness and work with your employer and healthcare provider when needed to prevent the spread of the disease to others. We will not diagnose your illness and will refer you to your healthcare provider to discuss treatment options. The information we gather is sent to the Indiana State Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control to determine disease trends, risk factors, and the effectiveness of medications and vaccinations. We will not release your name to the public; however, we are allowed to release information about a disease and the number of cases reported to the public and media.
An annual flu vaccine is recommended for those 6 months of age and older. There are documented benefits from flu vaccination, including reductions in flu illnesses, related doctors’ visits, and missed work or school. Please make plans to get your flu vaccine this fall.
Indiana is currently experiencing an increase in Pertussis (Whooping Cough) cases. This contagious disease is spread by infected individuals coughing and sneezing while in close contact with others. Newborns and infants are most at risk for severe illness and are normally infected by their parents, siblings, or caregivers. There are vaccines available from infancy through adulthood to protect us against Pertussis. If you are a parent, household member, or family caregiver and currently care for or will care for an infant under 1 year of age, please contact us or your healthcare provider to inquire about the Tdap vaccine.