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Frequently Asked Questions About Immunizations

When does my child need to receive his/her shots?

See the  Children & Teens Vaccination Schedule (for Spanish version, click here)

My child missed some of their shots. Do they need to start over?

No.  You can continue the series where you left off.  Remember that delaying or refusing vaccines can put a child at risk for disease.

Are there costs for the vaccines?

The Oakland County Health Division Immunization Fees (CASH ONLY):
Immunization fees have changed due to the cost of vaccines.

Can everyone come to the Health Division for shots?

The Health Division provides selected vaccines for children and adults.  However, if your health insurance fully covers the cost of vaccines, we ask that you see your private provider for service, because Oakland County charges a fee for some vaccines.

Can my child get their shots if they have a cold or ear infections?

Mild illness or fever is not a reason to delay Immunizations.  If you have questions, call and speak to the clinic nurse.

Is it safe to get so many shots at once?

Careful and thorough studies show that getting many vaccines on the same day does not decrease their effectiveness or increase side effects.

What side effects will my child have when getting their shots?

Most side effects are very mild and may include a slight fever, fussiness or some redness and soreness at the injection site.

Why does my child need chicken pox vaccine? Isn't it better to get the disease?

Chicken pox infection begins with fever and then a blistering rash breaks out.  On average, people get 250-500 of these itchy blisters.  Most people survive without any problems, but it can have complications such as pneumonia, brain or skin infections and death.

The vaccine has only minor side effects and is 95 percent effective. People who have had vaccine instead of disease are four to five times less likely to get shingles and if they do, it is a milder case without complications.

What immunizations are recommended for adults?

When do you start giving flu shots?

Flu vaccine is available from early November until supplies are exhausted.

Where can I get the flu shot?

Information is available during flu season, from the Flu Hotline at 1-800-434-3358 or you may call the nearest office of your Health Division to get the times and dates of clinics in your area.

How much does the flu shot cost?

Medicare and Medicaid will cover the cost.  Present your picture identification with current address along with your Medicare or Medicaid card.  Otherwise, the cost of the flu shot is $16 for those able to pay.