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Clark County resumes immunization clinics

Appointments need to be made ahead of time

Effective Monday, June 1, the Clark County Health Department (CCHD) will resume all regularly scheduled immunization clinics, with modifications.

Regularly scheduled immunization clinics include:

_ Weekly immunization clinic held every Monday, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., at the health department in Neillsville.

_ Monthly immunization clinics held on the second Wednesday of each month, from 3 to 4 p.m., at the Clark County Rehabilitation and Living Center (CCRLC) in Owen,

_ Bi-monthly immunization clinics held at various Plain Community sites.

According to the WI Department of Health Services (DHS)-Immunization Program, the number of vaccines given during the COVID-19 pandemic has been significantly lower than average. If this trend continues, it could have significant, long-lasting impacts on herd immunity against vaccine-preventable diseases.

This could provide the opportunity for a resurgence of diseases that have historically been better controlled (i.e. polio, measles).

As noted in an earlier press release, the CCHD places high importance on assisting families to keep their children on schedule with routine childhood immunizations.

“When COVID-19 cases began increasing back in March, the CCHD made the decision to postpone our regularly scheduled immunization clinics in order to protect the public. COVID-19 will continue to affect our normal operations for an unforeseen time. However, given the importance of childhood vaccines, we will be reintroducing our offsite immunization services, starting in June,” said Brittany Mews, Clark County Health Department health officer/director.

At this time, the CCHD will be providing all immunization services by appointment only. To make an appointment, call 715-743-5113 to speak directly with a public health nurse (PHN). Upon scheduling an appointment, the PHN will review additional guidelines and expectations with you regarding the appointment.

“We will be taking all of the necessary precautions to ensure Clark County families are able to access our immunization services in the safest way possible,” said Kelsey Wussow, Clark County Health Department’s lead public health nurse.