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New coalition helps families get needed vaccinations

10:37 PM, Apr. 2, 2013  |  Comments
Under the recommended plan from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children today are vaccinated against 14 infectious diseases, receiving up to 24 vaccines by their second birthday, and up to five in one office visit.
Under the recommended plan from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children today are vaccinated against 14 infectious diseases, receiving up to 24 vaccines by their second birthday, and up to five in one office visit.
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A new organization wants to ensure all Sheboygan County families are able to receive the vaccinations they need. The Sheboygan County Immunization Coalition is reaching out to the community to help families find out whether their insurance will cover vaccinations. This is especially important since vaccinations are required for students by school law.

Co-chair Joyce Osieczanek said of the coalition, "Our goal is to increase the number of people in Sheboygan County getting their vaccinations." In order to help Sheboygan County families get properly immunized, the Sheboygan County Immunization Coalition is trying to simplify the process.

"We've found families are having difficulty finding out whether or not their insurance covers certain vaccinations," Osieczanek said. "We don't want people to miss vaccinations because they aren't sure what to do."

To help with the uncertainty, the coalition has developed a brochure to guide families through the process of calling their insurance provider for answers.

"This brochure will be helpful for anyone who doesn't know how to contact their insurance or know what to ask during the phone call," states Cindy VanderWeele, RN, fellow coalition co-cochairman.

The brochure provides the following information: What should I have ready before I call my insurance? What questions to ask the insurance provider to find out what vaccines are covered, it is OK to tell the insurance provider that you don't understand and have them provide examples for you, an explanation of insurance terms, a list of suggested vaccinations

Sheboygan County families can find this brochure at: their local doctors' offices or at sheboygancounty.com/home/showdocument?id=638 or the public health office.

The Sheboygan County Immunization Coalition is made up of members from 16 community medical providers, pharmacies, and organizations. For more information, please email Osieczanek at joyce.osieczanek@aurora.org or call her at 920-449-7214.

Families without insurance, with medical assistance or with insurance that will not cover the necessary vaccinations may obtain the vaccines by contacting the Sheboygan County Public Health Department at 920-459-3031 or 1-800-596-1919. The Public Health Department office is located at 1011 N. Eighth St.

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