Common Questions Parents Ask

Is there a permission slip to sign?

Yes, parents or guardians need to sign a permission slip for the immunizations, if the client is under the age of 18. But, we can accept a written, signed note from the parent if someone else brings in the child. You can also download and copy the permission slip by clicking here.

What are the guidelines if my child has been sick?

Children can get immunizations while on antibiotics and having a low grade fever. But a child with a high fever or obviously ill should not have the immunization.

Are these diseases very serious?

Today we might not think of these diseases as being very serious because, thanks to vaccines, we don’t see them as often as we used to. Unfortunately, they can still be deadly. In the 1920’s over 10,000 people a year died from diphtheria. And in the 1940’s and 1950’s tens of thousands of children were crippled and killed by polio. Even today these diseases can lead to pneumonia, choking, brain damage, heart problems, and blindness in children who are not protected. They still can kill children today.

Are these shots safe?

Yes. But like any medicine they can occasionally cause reactions, usually mild, like a sore arm or leg, or a slight fever. Serious reactions are rare, but they can happen. Your doctor or nurse will discuss these with you before giving the shots. The important thing to remember is that children are in much more danger from the diseases than from the shots.

How many shots are needed?

Children may get their first immunization while still in the hospital and should start the rest of the shots by 2 months of age. They will need to get more shots 4 or 5 times before the child starts school. Your doctor or nurse will tell you when to come back. Remember, each of these visits is important. Your child needs several doses of each vaccine to be completely protected.

Isn’t getting those shots expensive?

It doesn’t have to be. You can take your child to one of our clinics or to your physician. At the health department clinics, no one is turned away due to inability to pay. Please just let us know. We only charge a small administrative fee and again will not charge you that fee if you cannot pay. Ohio Medicaid cards are also accepted.

REMEMBER IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT ALL HEALTHY CHILDREN BE IMMUNIZED. MOST OF THESE SHOTS SHOULD BE GIVEN TO CHILDREN DURING THE FIRST TWO YEARS OF THEIR LIFE!