Bi-County Health Department to Offer Extended Walk-in Immunization Hours for National Immunization Awareness Month

Benton & Marion, IL – The month of August is National Immunization Awareness Month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The goal of Immunization Awareness Month is to increase awareness about immunizations across the life span, from infants to the elderly.  Since school begins this month, it is the perfect time to remind everyone in the community to assess whether their children have received all of the immunizations that they need.

Vaccines offer safe and effective protection from infectious diseases.  By staying up-to-date on the recommended vaccines, individuals can protect themselves, their families and friends and their communities from serious, life-threatening infections.

Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department will be offering extended walk-in immunization clinics for children of all ages at both health department locations, 8160 Express Drive, Marion AND 403 East Park, Benton.  These walk-in clinics will be held August 20th (Benton office location) and August 21st (Marion office location) from 8- 11:30 AM and 1-5:30 PM.  No appointments are needed.  All children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and an  up-to-date immunization record is required to obtain immunizations.  Come to either Health Department location for immunizations and receive a coupon from Dairy Queen for a FREE ice cream cone.  Bi-County Health accepts most forms of insurance, the Illinois Public Aid medical card, cash, check, and credit/debit cards (MasterCard, VISA, Discover) for immunization services.

Vaccines are not just for kids, however.  Vaccines are recommended throughout our lives.  During National Immunization Awareness Month, Bi- County Health is asking everyone to check their vaccination history and talk with their health care provider.  Adults should get flu vaccine each year and receive a Td (tetanus and diphtheria) booster vaccine or Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) every 10 years.  Tdap is also recommended for pregnant women during each pregnancy.  Adults 50 years and older are recommended to receive the shingles vaccine.  Adults 65 and older are also recommended to receive both pneumococcal vaccines.  Some adults younger than 65 years with certain conditions are also recommended to receive one or more pneumococcal vaccinations.  Adults may need other vaccines (such as hepatitis A and B) depending on their age, if pregnant, occupation, travel, medical conditions, vaccinations they have already received, or other considerations.

For more information about immunizations, or to determine what immunization is required/recommended, please contact Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department at (618) 993-8111 or (618) 439-0951.  Follow Bi-County Health on Twitter at fwbicohealth and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bicountyhealth.  The health department uses this service to notify the public about upcoming clinics and special events.