Disease prevention is the most cost-effective health-care intervention available in the United States and around the world. With the exception of clean safe drinking water, no other human endeavor matches immunizations in combating infectious diseases and reducing mortality rates. Vaccinations help to stop or reduce the spread of disease resulting in the protection from illness and death for millions of people.
Vaccines and immunizations are a value to individuals and society because:
- They save lives, improve health, and enhance the quality of life. A hundred years ago infectious diseases were the main cause of death worldwide and in most developed countries. Today there is a wide range of vaccines available to protect both individuals and society against more than 25 infectious diseases and associated cost burdens (cost of hospitalization, treatment, loss of wages, etc.)
- They protect individuals and communities. Wide spread use of vaccines has achieved remarkable piblic health results. Whole communities have benefited from reduction and even elimination of certain diseases. With adequately wide-spread vaccination even those who are not immunized can be protected from "herd immunity".
- Vaccinatons are the most cost-effective and successful public health interventions available. Although immunization programs requires support along with adequate funding, the associated prevention of vaccine preventable mortality and morbidity provides long-term cost savings, increased productivity, and ecnomic growth. In the United States a cost-benefit analysis indicates that for every dollar spent on vaccine saves up to $27.00 in health related expenses.
The Ellis County Health Department provides a walk-in vaccination clinic every Monday between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The clinic provides immunizations for:
- Infants and children
- Adolescents, and
In addition, appointments can be made for vaccinations on other days by calling the department at 785-628-9440.
We can bill most insurance companies for vaccination services however we are unable to bill Medicare (except for flu vaccinations). The health department does accept cash, checks, or credit/debit cards.
Last Updated: 07/31/12