Immunization FAQs

Kid shots are expensive…how much do you charge?

Very little. See our Fee Schedule. The Columbia/ Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services provides low-cost childhood immunizations (shots or vaccinations) and some types of low-cost adult immunizations to the residents of Boone County. Your tax dollars through various State and Federal programs such as Vaccines for Children allow us to provide this vital preventive health care service.

What vaccines do my children need, how often and when?

There are many devastating illnesses that are vaccine-preventable. New vaccines are being developed all the time. Some of the diseases which can be prevented by vaccines are Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (whooping cough), Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella (German Measles), Varicella (Chicken Pox), Hepatitis A and B, Hemophilus Influenza B (HIB), Influenza, and Pneumococcal Pneumonia. Some, but not all of these vaccines are required for school and preschool attendance. The schedule for giving vaccines to children can begin as early as the first day of their birth and most of them are finished by age 2. Prior to Kindergarten, at age 4 or 5, a final set is given and a booster shot of Tetanus/diphtheria is given prior to High School at age 14 or 15.

Latest Immunization Schedule from the Every Child by Two program.

Can more than one shot be given at a time?

Yes. The vaccines are produced to combine as many vaccines as possible, reducing the number of shots a child needs to receive. Typically, a 2-month-old child will have 4 shots: DTaP ( a combination of Diphtheria, Tetanus and acellular Pertussis), Polio, Hepatitis B, and Hemophilus Influenza B (HIB). This is the greatest number of injections currently being given at one time.

What about reactions to immunizations…are there side effects?

Most kids do fine with their vaccination series with no more serious reaction than a sore muscle for a day or two. With some vaccines such as DTaP, we recommend routine use of Tylenol or Tempra to prevent fever and to help with any discomfort. The nurse can help you determine the correct dose depending on your child’s age and weight. Should an infant develop a fever greater than 103 degrees and/or cry inconsolably for 3 hours or more, you should consult your pediatrician and call us.

When should I or my child not receive a vaccination?

True and False contraindications: a rather thorough discussion including allergies, reactions, specific health issues and immunization.