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New Child Immunization Guideline Changes Coming

Last updated on Thursday, January 26, 2012

(UNDATED) - Parents of children with private insurance will no longer get free vaccines at health departments.

There are some new guideline changes coming Feb. 1 in the child immunization policy.

County health departments will no longer be able to use the state vaccines for those who have full-cover insurance. Officials will be sending them to their family physicians.

County officials are not happy with the program and are concerned some children will not get vaccinated.

Some may still qualify for the state vaccines, depending on what insurance does or does not cover.

Officials say parents need to call their insurance company and get all the specifics regarding insurance coverage for vaccines. Some may still qualify for the state vaccines, if insurance does not cover vaccines or they have a high co-pay or deductable.

When calling for an appointment for our children at health departments, staff will ask about health insurance coverage before a child's appointment is scheduled. Your health insurance status will be checked at every appointment to make sure of eligibility.

Several health departments are reviewing options that would give the staff the ability to vaccinate those with private insurance, but funding becomes an issue.

The state program is new and being used at as pilot program that will be reviewed and evaluated.

All county health departments will continue to immunized those with no insurance and those that insurance does not pay for vaccines.

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