Immunizations protect people
from many infectious diseases that once caused
serious illness and sometimes death. Epidemics of
polio, smallpox, whooping cough and other diseases
have all but faded into the distant past. But the
germs that cause these diseases often remain in
the population and can re-emerge under the right
conditions. So immunization of children,
adolescents, and adults for these diseases is generally
recognized as sound medical practice.
The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community
Health Agency offers:
(Ages 0-6 and 7-18)
(including pregnant women) during
The Vaccines for Children provides
immunizations without charge for the uninsured or the
underinsured (those without insurance coverage for
vaccinations). Donations are accepted at the
time of service. For more information on the VFC program, which provides free vaccines
for children who are enrolled in Medicaid,
have no insurance, are American Indian or
Alaskan Native, or are under-insured visit the
Managed care clients whose coverage
includes the expense of immunizations must go to their
assigned managed care provider for routine
If you do not qualify for the
Vaccines for Children program and/or have no physician
you may be able to receive the immunizations through
our private pay program.
Meningococcal vaccination is
available for college students and others at risk.
Special fall and winter
clinics for flu shots and pneumococcal
vaccination of adults.
Scheduled Travel Clinic
Appointments for travel abroad.
Information on childhood immunizations.
Feeling ambitious? For an on-line personalized list
of immunizations your child should have, age birth to
five, use the
CDC Immunization site. Try it, itís easy.
Information on adult immunizations.
guide is designed to help immunization providers
determine what common symptoms and conditions should
contraindicate vaccination and which ones should
not. It takes the place of the 2000
Contraindications to Childhood Vaccination
and, unlike that and previous guides, contains
information on all licensed U.S. vaccines, not just
As required under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, all health care providers in the United States who administer vaccines listed under the act, are required to provide
Vaccine Informational Statements (VIS) to the parent or legal guardian of the recipient of the immunization, or to any adult to whom the provider is vaccinating. In Michigan, the VIS also includes a statement explaining the Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR). Michigan requires that this statement be included on all VIS distributed within the State.
Michigan Care Improvement Registry
Links to recent journal article abstracts,
recommendations, state laws, case histories, photos, and
other resources for each disease/vaccine listed.