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 715-485-8400.




Travel Vaccine Information

Polk County does not provide Travel Vaccines. We are a provider of Vaccine for Adults through the state of Wisconsin. If you have insurance that doesn't cover vaccines or are uninsured, we can provide Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis), Pneumococcal Conjugate, Pneumococcal Polysaccharide, Hepatitis A and B. Please call the Health Department at 715.485.8400 if you have vaccine related questions.

Vaccine Information Sheets are Hard to Understand!

Vaccine Information Sheets (VIS) can be hard to understand.  We have provided simpler versions here to help you better understand what you need to know about vaccinations.  This section will be updated often.


Tdap Original from CDC
tdap CDC.pdf
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Tdap Simplified
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Td Original from CDC
td CDC.pdf
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Td Simplified
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Parents' Guide to Childhood Immunizations

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.


Parents' Guide
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Vaccination Information for 11-12 year olds

Fact Sheets

HPV is a Serious Disease
HPV is a Serious Disease.pdf
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HPV Vaccine Facts
HPV Vaccine Facts.pdf
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Vaccines Recommended for Preteens and Teens
Vaccines Recommended for Preteens and Te[...]
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A Father's Story

A Father's Story
A Fathers Story.pdf
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Picture Fact Sheets

HPV Cancer Prevention
HPV Cancer Prevention.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [1.6 MB]
3 Things Parents Should Know
3 Things Parents Should Know.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [174.4 KB]

Adult Immunizations

Use this quiz to help determine which vaccines you may still need.


Click here to view the adult immunization schedule.

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