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Child Health
Overview
Child healthThe Health Department provides adult and childhood immunizations. Those Joplin residents requiring immunizations for immigration purposes can contact Occumed for services. Keeping your immunizations and those of your child current provide you maximum protection against many diseases that can be life threatening or at the very least keep you out of work or your child out of school for several days. Diseases can also cause a large expense for diagnosis and treatment as compared to the cost of vaccine.

Children under the age of 18 must have their shot record as well as be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or an adult with written permission in order to give consent. Appointments are required for all immunizations, which are available on the following days, excluding the fourth Thursday of each month:
  • Tuesdays - 9:15 am to 11:00 am, 1:45 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Thursdays - 1:45 pm - 4:00 pm

If you or your child received immunizations through a Missouri health department you can receive a printed immunization record from us. For more information call (417) 623-6122.

Available Vaccinations
The following vaccinations are available:

For Children
Administered to girls who are VFC eligible and 9 to 18 years old.
  • DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis)
  • Haemophilus B influenza (Hib)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Human Papillomavirus (known as HPV or Gardasil) – prevents cervical cancer and genital warts.
  • Pneumococcal conjugate (Prevnar) – protects against serious blood, lung, and brain infections. Administered at 2, 4, 6, and 12 to 15 months
  • Rotavirus – prevents rotavirus infection, a serious diarrheal disease. Vaccine administered orally at age two months and ends at eight months

For At Risk Adults & Children
  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Hepatitis B (to adults who meet high-risk priority guidelines)
  • Influenza – Vaccine administered as young as 6 months of age
  • Meningococcal conjugate – for ages 11 to 18 years and for college entry
  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
  • Polio
  • Td or Tdap – beginning at age 7 years

Lead Program
Jasper County Health Department provides child lead testing for residents of Jasper County, including Joplin through a grant funded by EPA. For more information about this program, visit the county’s website.