Beat the back-to-school rush for vaccinations

Don’t wait, vaccinate your child now before the back-to-school rush. Oakland County Health Division offers immunizations at its Pontiac and Southfield locations. Clinic hours are Noon until 8:00 p.m. on Monday and 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday. Offices are located at 1200 N. Telegraph Road, Building 34 East in Pontiac, and 27725 Greenfield Road in Southfield.

“Vaccinations are one of the best ways parents can protect their children from potentially harmful diseases,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said.

Last year, the Health Division gave 57,433 immunizations to Oakland County residents.

“Disease prevention is vital to public health. It’s better to prevent a disease than to treat it,” said Kathy Forzley, manager/health officer of the Health Division.

“Vaccines not only protect the people who receive them but also those with whom they come in contact. Vaccines are responsible for controlling many infectious diseases that were once common in this country and around the world,” she said.

Health Division provides school-required vaccinations such as diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis A & B, meningococcal, and varicella, which are required by the State of Michigan for entry to all public and non-public schools. It also provides human papillomavirus (HPV4), rotavirus, shingles, rabies, seasonal influenza, and pneumonia.

The cost for each vaccination varies. However, clinic visits require a $5 fee per visit, per client. Payment methods include cash, credit card, Medicaid, Medicare, and VFC (Vaccines for Children). For more information about vaccinations, visit, contact the Nurse on Call at 800-848-5533, or follow the Health Division on Facebook and Twitter @publichealthOC.

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