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Back to school vaccines for little to no cost

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JACKSON CO. -- With the school year about to begin, it's time for children to get their vaccinations.  Add that expense to the cost of school supplies and new clothes, and it can put a financial burden on many parents.

Annette Greer with the Jackson County Health Department says this week is her busiest week of the year. 

"It was just one after the other, after the other. We ended up doing about 57 to 60 clients yesterday," said Greer. 

That's because the health department offers vaccinations for back to school at little to no cost to the family. It's all part of a federally-funded program through the Illinois Department of Public Health.

To be eligible for the program, the child has to be 18 or under and must meet one of the following criteria: 

     -The family is enrolled in Medicaid. 
     - They don't have health insurance, or their health insurance doesn't cover immunizations. 

Annette says they see all of those cases often, and the families are always grateful for the help. 

Some moms and dads have just thanked us and thanked us that we were here, and they were able to get it, because otherwise they wouldn't have been able to get their kids vaccinated," said Greer. 

Annette says this isn't a new program, but since the school year is just days away, they want to remind everyone the service is there. You can walk in and get your child vaccinated without hurting your wallet.

The Jackson County Health Department's walk-in hours for immunizations are Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  

The Franklin-Williamson County Health Department offers a similar program with vaccines at a discounted price.

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