To ensure the health and well-being of our community, the Jay County Health Department leads the way by providing both Childhood and Adult immunizations to those in need, regardless of ability to pay.

We participate in the Vaccine for Children (VFC) Program and the Adult Program (317) offered through the Indiana State Department of Health for those children and adults who do not have insurance or are currently enrolled in Medicaid. We also can bill most private insurance company.

Immunizations are one of the greatest medical success stories in human history, and have saved millions of lives. Prior to immunizations, hundreds of thousands of children were infected and thousands died each year in the United States.

Frequently Asked Questions about Immunizations

Are immunizations safe?

Immunizations are extremely safe and getting safer and more effective all the time, thanks to medical research and public health officials. Immunizations are given to keep people healthy, and are held to the highest safety standards. This does not mean that vaccines are risk-free. All vaccines may have possible side effects. Most of the side effects are mild, such as redness or soreness around the injection site, or a low-grade fever.

According to Paul Offit, MD, Director of the Vaccine Educations Center at Children's Hospital in Philadelphia: "...choosing to avoid vaccines is simply a choice to take a different risk. Unvaccinated children are at risk for many diseases including meningitis caused by Hib, bloodstream infections caused by pneumococcus, pneumonia caused by measles, deafness caused by mumps, and liver cancer caused by Hepatitis B virus. When you compare the risk of vaccines and the risk of diseases, vaccines are the safer choice."

For more information on possible side effects of specific vaccines, please visit:

Do I need immunizations if I am traveling?

Depending on your travel destination, immunizations may be required. For a detailed list of what is required by other countries, please visit: CDC travel website

Can I still have immunizations if I am pregnant?

Some vaccinations are safe when you are pregnant, while others are not. For guidelines and recommendations on immunizations during pregnancy, please visit:

Always check with your medical provider before you have any immunizations.

Hoosiers who received vaccine from a provider that uses the database CHIRP (Children and Hoosier’s Immunization Registry Program) now have direct access to their immunization records from any computer. An individual can access their immunization record on the secure MyVaxIndiana ( ) website by entering their date of birth and a personal identification number (PIN) which must be requested from their healthcare provider or local health department in advance. Immunization history, as well as recommended vaccination schedule can be viewed and downloaded or printed.

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