Beginning October 1, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) will no longer provide vaccines (immunizations) to children who are fully covered for recommended vaccines by a private health insurance plan.
Those who will continue to remain eligible to receive vaccinations from the Health Department include the following:
LLCHD officials encourage all children to seek medical care, including vaccinations, through their primary care provider or medical home. "Obviously, this change may be confusing for parents who have privately insured children, so Health Department nurses will be available to answer questions about eligibility," said Andrea Haberman, LLCHD Community Health Services Manager. Parents may call the Information and Referral line to speak to a nurse at 402-441-8065, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. They also should consult their private insurance company regarding vaccine coverage.
Vaccination is a critical component of health care for everyone. Starting vaccines on time and keeping them up-to-date is especially important for children who are not immune and therefore vulnerable to the serious illnesses vaccines prevent.
More information on vaccines is available at health.lincoln.ne.gov.