Wilkes County Health Department (WCHD) offers vaccinations for infants and children through age 18. Immunizations required for routine infant vaccination, daycare or school attendance, work or foreign travel are available. WCHD follows vaccination guidelines (en Espanol) recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices (ACIP) and North Carolina's Immunization Laws and Rules. A good place to find information about the vaccines, their safety and the diseases they prevent can be found on the Centers for Disease Control website.
Childhood vaccinations include:
DTaP (for Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis)
Hib (for Haemophilus influenza type b)
Influenza (for Flu)
IPV (for Polio)
MMR (for Measles, Mumps and Rubella)
PCV13 ["Prevnar"] (for Streptococcus pneumoniae)
Varicella (for Chickenpox)
Some insurance plans will pay for the cost of immunizations for children ages 0 to 18. If a child has Medicaid, uninsured, underinsured (insurance does not cover immunizations), American Indian, or Alaskan Native they are eligible for free vaccine through the state VFC Program.
For more information about vaccination requirements or to request an appointment, please call WCHD at 651-7450 or view the new Immunizations Guidelines (PDF).