Routine childhood vaccinations have made such an impact on public health that immunizations are considered one of the greatest medical achievements of the 20th century. Vaccines prevent disease in people who receive them and protect those who come in contact with unvaccinated individuals.
Before vaccines, many children died from diseases such as polio. Through the introduction of routine vaccinations, many of these diseases are becoming rare in the U.S. The viruses and bacteria that cause them still exist, though. Vaccinations are one of the best ways to put an end to the serious effects of certain diseases.
The Polk County Health Department provides vaccines including flu vaccine under the Vaccine for Children program from the state. This program provides free vaccines to children who are uninsured, covered by Badger Care or whose insurance specifically does not cover vaccines. Children with insurance coverage for vaccines must obtain their vaccine through their medical provider. The Health Department also carries some adult vaccines including annual flu vaccine.
Wisconsin Immunization Law requires all children attending daycare, public and private schools to show proof of vaccinations for certain diseases. Daycare and school officials are required to notify parents of these requirements and any missing vaccine doses.
To schedule an appointment for a child/adult immunization or for more information call the Polk County Health Department at 715-485-8500.
The Parents' Guide to Childhood Immunizations helps parents and caregivers learn about the role vaccines play in helping keep children healthy. The color booklet includes a glossary and list of resources and is illustrated with children’s artwork.
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Polk County Health Department
100 Polk County Plaza
Balsam Lake, WI 54810
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Why does the Polk County Health Department (PCHD) need this information? The Polk County Health Department is required by law to report and investigate events that may affect the public's health. This is why it is important for us to hear from you when you suspect an uncommon illness or event. To learn more about the health department's requirements, please click here.