What does My Child or Family Need?
The goal of the Calhoun County Immunization program is to protect the public’s health from vaccine-preventable diseases. The Health Department offers clinics in multiple settings to promote complete immunization of all citizens. Children receive immunizations before they start school. Flu shots are given in the fall and winter months.
Many people find vaccinations confusing and complex. CCPHD strives to assist parents in getting their children vaccinated to avoid life threatening disease and to meet the requirements established for enrollment in schools. Immunizing your children is the best way to protect them against preventable diseases.
For information on specific vaccines, please click on the link provided.
MCV4: Young adults living in a dormitory setting should be vaccinated against meningococcal disease. Meningitis can be dangerous and even life threatening.
Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis)
MMR (Measles, mumps, and rubella)
Considering not immunizing your child?
Parents should be aware of the problems associated with an unvaccinated child. First, they leave their child open to contracting disease. Second, a child must remove their child from day care or school if another child in the school or in a day care tests positive for any of these contagious diseases. This occurs even if a parent has signed a waiver to exempt their child from being vaccinated.
Do adults need vaccines?
Adults are not exempt from needing vaccinations either. Adults who have small children or work with children should also get a booster for many of these diseases. There is a vaccine that guards against many strains of pneumonia and Shingles. If you are 50 or older you can receive the Zoster vaccine (shingles) and if you are 65 or older you can receive the pneumococcal vaccine.
Everyone over the age of 6 months should get a flu shot every year. Flu shots are needed annually bacause the virus strains that cause sickness are constantly changing. Getting a flu shot helps you to avoid missed days at work or school, hospitalization, and protects those that cannot get the flu shot or who have weakened immune systems from other diseases.
International Travelers: Vaccines are often necessary to protect those traveling to other parts of the world with diseases that haven't been in the United States in a very long time. Keep yourself protected from these diseases by making an appointment at the CCPHD Clinic at least two weeks prior to leaving the country. Bring back souvenirs and memories from your trip, not diseaes! Call 269-969-6363 for more information on our travels services.
If you have any questions, concerns, or want to receive vaccinations, contact your health care provider or call the Calhoun County Public Health Department at 269-969-6363 for more information.
Immunizations are provided at the following locations:
Battle Creek Health Department
190 E. Michigan Avenue
Monday - Friday, 8am – 11am and 1pm – 4pm
Special hours: 2nd Tuesday of each monmth open 8am - 5pm
Albion Health Department
101 N. Albion Street
Tuesday, 8am – 12pm and 1pm – 5pm by appointment only
Wednesday, 8am - 11am and 1pm - 4pm (walk-in)
Fees can be found by clicking the "Fee Schedule" icon at the top of the page.