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Immunizations Clinic FAQ’s

Are Immunizations Safe?

Vaccines sometimes cause mild side effects such as soreness or swelling at the vaccination site. Concerned parents, guardians, or adult recipients of shots experiencing unusual side effects or reactions should immediately call the Health Department, their private doctor, or the Geary Community Hospital emergency room for advice. Comprehensive studies have found no link between immunization and conditions such as autism spectrum disorder.  Please visit the CDC website for information on vaccine safety

How can I get my child’s shot records?

Parents or legal guardians can obtain immunization records by visiting the Health Department and signing a medical information release form. You may also request a copy from the school nurse if your child is already a student in USD 475.

Who needs immunizations?

Everybody! Please see CDC website for more information. 

Do you have the required shots for people who are traveling outside the United States?

The Health Department may have some vaccines that are required for overseas travel; however, there are many that are not kept in stock. The Health Department refers international travelers requiring vaccinations to the Riley County Health Department or the Salina Health Department.

Salina-Saline County Health Department
125 W. Elm St.
Salina, KS 67401
Phone: (785) 826-6602
Riley County-Manhattan Health Department
2030 Tecumseh Rd
Manhattan, Kansas 66502
Phone: (785) 776-4779

Seasonal Flu

 According to the Centers for Disease Control, getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu.  The more people who are vaccinated the more people will be protected from the flu, including the elderly, very young children, and those with certain long-term health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications.  Do your part to protect our community and get a flu vaccine today!  Walk-ins welcome.
Keep your family strong. Vaccinate. Fight Flu.

Childhood Vaccinations

Childhood vaccinations are required by the State of Kansas to enter school, HeadStart, or daycare. In addition, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends specific vaccinations for students entering high school or college. The Geary County Health Department provides vaccine services targeted for uninsured and underinsured children. The Health Department does not provide private pay vaccines to infants and pre-school children, with the exception of routine influenza vaccinations given in the fall, but offers the state funded Vaccine For Children Program where uninsured and/or underinsured infants receive free vaccinations. Children ages 4 to 18 who are uninsured and/or underinsured can receive vaccinations with a reasonable administration fee under the Kansas State Immunization Program. Both the Health Department offers a limited selection of private pay vaccines.

Please see the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Immunization Website for information about the vaccines, vaccine-preventable diseases and communicable diseases.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Immunization Recommendations


Cocoon Project

Are you a father, grandmother, grandfather, aunt, uncle, or other close friend or relative to a precious little on who is 12 months or younger

What about a child care giver at church, daycare, babysitter who comes in close contact with an infant 12 months or younger?

If so…… do you know if you have been vaccinated against whooping cough? By receiving the Tdap vaccine, you can provide protection for infants whose immune systems are most vulnerable and may not be old enough to receive or complete the vaccine series yet.

Geary County Health Department has a special reserved stock of Tdap vaccine for individuals who need the vaccine regardless of insurance availability. No appointment needed! Cocoon the ones you love!