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Children Vaccinations


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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. 


Children Vaccinations


At 2 months, 4 months, and 6 months, your child will need the following vaccinations:

  • DTaP
  • Hib
  • Polio
  • Hep B
  • Pneumococcal
  • Rotavirus

At 12 months, your child will need the following vaccinations:

  • DTaP
  • MMR
  • Varicella
  • Hep A

At 15-18 months, your child will need the following vaccinations:

  • Hep A
  • Hib
  • Pneumonia

At 4-6 years, your child will need the following vaccinations:

  • DTaP
  • Polio
  • MMR
  • Varicella
  • Hep A (if not previously given)

At 11-12 years 7th grade, your child will need the following vaccinations:

  • Tdap
  • Hep A (if not previously given)
  • HPV
  • Meningitis

At 16-18 years, your child will need the following vaccinations:

  • HPV
  • Meningitis
  • Hep A (if not previously given)

If you have any questions call 308-696-1201 ext: 221