On-Site Flu Clinics
WCDHD provides convenience with on-site flu shot clinics to local businesses, schools, and companies. Guidelines for on-site flu clinics include a commitment of at least ten participants. If you are interested in signed up for an on-site flu clinic please click on the link below. For further information or questions please call 308-221-6831.
For more information contact: Shannon Vanderheiden, Executive Director or Sally Brecks, Health Services Manager
Important Changes at West Central District Health Department
Before you take your children to the West Central District Health Department or doctor's office for vaccinations, check your insurance coverage. If you have insurance that covers the cost of vaccinations, even if it includes high deductible or co-pay, your insurance company will be billed for your child's vaccinations.
Before scheduling vaccinations, it's important to know your children's immunizations are covered under your policy and wellness benefits. If you have not met your deductible, you may be required to pay out of pocket for your children's vaccinations.
New guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that take effect October 1 will limit Nebraska's Vaccines for Children (VFC) program to children 18 and under, who are Medicaid-enrolled, uninsured, American Indian or Alaska Native.
VFC vaccines will no longer be available to fully-insured individuals.
Physicians' clinics throughout the state and West Central District Health Department will be required by the new federal policy to bill individual insurance companies for vaccinations for those with insurance coverage.
The CDC defines fully-insured as: "Anyone with insurance that covers the cost of vaccine, even if the insurance includes a high deductible or co-pay, or if a claim for the cost of the vaccine and its administration would be denied for payment by the insurance carrier because the plan's deductible had not been met."
The comply with the new federal mandate, West Central District Health Department has already implemented their billing system beginning January 1, 2012 to bill insurance companies for immunizations provided at the clinic.
- Hepatitis A is a serious liver disease caused by the Hepatitis A virus. It is found in the stool of persons with Hepatitis A. It is usually spread by close personal contact and sometimes by eating food or drinking contaminated water.
- Hepatitis B is a serious disease that also affects the liver caused by the Hepatitis B virus. Acute illness can lead to loss of appetite, diarrhea, vomiting, tiredness, jaundice, and pain in the muscles, joints and stomach. Chronic infection can lead to liver damage, liver cancer and even death.
- Twinrix is the combination of Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B. Three doses are required as an adult.
- Pneumococcal is an infection of streptococcus pneumonia bacteria that can cause illness and death. It is spread through close personal contact person to person. PVC13 is given to adults 50 years and over and the pneumococcal 23 is given to adults 65 years and over. One shot a life time is recommended unless ordered by the physiican.
- Meningitis is an infection of fluid surrounding the brain and the spinal cord. Meningococcal disease also causes blood infections.
- Influenza is caused by the influenza virus, which can be spread by coughing, sneezing or nasal secretions.
Zostavax Vaccine (Shingles)
- Shingles is a painful skin rash, often with blisters. It is called Herpes Zoster or just Zoster. A shingles rash usually appears on one side of the face or body and lasts from 2 to 4 weeks.
- Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) are three serious diseases caused by bacteria. Tetanus causes painful muscle spasms and stiffness. Tetanus kills 1 out of 5 people who are infected. Diphtheria leads to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure, and even death. Pertussis (whooping cough) causes severe coughing spells which can lead to difficulty breathing, vomiting, and disturbed sleep. TDAP is recommended at ages 11-12 as a booster, but can be given as early as 7 years old. Pregnant persons, health care workers, adults over the age of 65, and people who expect to have close contact with a baby younger than 12 months of age should get vaccinated to protect the baby from pertussis.
- Rabies is caused by a virus. It is mainly a disease of animals. Humans get rabies when bitten by infected animals.
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