From Waynesville R-VI Marketing
Local health care agencies are ready to help eighth graders and high school seniors get their required Meningococcal vaccine.
All eighth graders and high school seniors in Missouri are required to have at least one dose of the vaccine before they start school. All high school seniors are required to have two doses, unless the first dose was administered when the student was 16 years of age or older.
Students will not be allowed to start school without it.
Proof of the immunization must be turned into the child’s school before school starts.
If your student still needs the immunization, a parent or guardian is required to be present to sign permission forms for the immunization. The following are among the ways your child may acquire the immunization.
Pulaski County Health Center
The Pulaski County Health Center will offer the Meningococcal vaccine and other vaccines in the Crocker office from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays. They see patients in the Waynesville office at 704 Historic Rt. 66 Suite 104 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays.
Appointments at the Waynesville office are preferred, but not required and may be made by calling 573.774.3820. All students may receive the Meningococcal and/or a TDAP vaccination on a sliding fee scale.
The Pulaski County Health Department participates in the Vaccines for Children Program and provides several other vaccines in addition to the Meningococcal and TDAP vaccines — all for $9 through the VFC program.
To be eligible for the VFC program, a student must be 18 years old or younger, Medicaid eligible, uninsured, have an insurance plan that does not cover immunizations or an American Indian or Alaska Native. If necessary, the VFC fee may be waived.
For more information, call 573.736.2217.
Immunization Clinic at General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital
GLWACH’s Allergy and Immunization Clinic offers the vaccines to Tricare-eligible students. For more information, call 573.596.1768.
Mercy Clinic in St. Robert
Mercy Clinic in St. Robert offers the vaccine through appointments and walk-ins. Students who qualify for the VFC Program may also get their shot at Mercy at a cost of $23.50.
In addition, Mercy offers Charity Care, which upon completion of the form may allow the vaccine to be discounted from 25 to 100 percent for eligible families.
For more information, call 573.336-5100.
Waynesville Medical Plaza
Phelps County Regional Medical Center Waynesville Medical Plaza also offers the vaccine as well. For more information, call 573.842.4000.
Vaccines may be provided by pharmacies. Contact your local pharmacy for more information.
Many insurance companies will cover the cost of the shot and most clinics and pharmacies will file insurance claims for their patients.