A new federal policy change could affect who can get immunizations from area health departments starting October 1st.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has mandated that vaccines bought with federal money cannot be given to insured children or adults.
In the past, the Lincoln County Health Department has provided free immunizations to people regardless if they had high deductibles or part-vaccine coverage.
On October 1st, the health department will only be able to give state supplied vaccines to the uninsured, children on Medicaid/Badgercare, Native Americans or Alaskan Natives.
Once the changes go into effect, people have the option of going to their medical provider for vaccines or to a pharmacy.
"One suggestion would be to compare costs at the provider or at a pharmacy to see what's more affordable for your family," says Shelley Hersil, Lincoln County Health Officer.
She says they will continue to offer vaccines until October 1st to children regardless of insurance.
They will be able to offer the vaccine for children's flu because of the oncoming flu season, as well as vaccines for Pertussis for both adults and children for $5 per shot.
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