Do you have a kiddo heading into school? The staff of Wyoming Kids First have put together a Star Valley School Readiness Resource Handbook for you. In it, you will find:
- what to look for children entering kindergarten to do
- what adults can do to help children be successful
- information on community resources
If you’re interested, please download a PDF copy of the guide here: School Readiness Companion Guide (1)
Another thing to keep in mind before registering your little ones for school is to make sure they are up to date on their immunizations. Public Health can help with that. If you would like to bring your records in for us to make you an official school required immunization record, if your kiddos need another set of shots to be ready for entering kindergarten, or if you aren’t sure if they need more shots and would like to bring us your records to help determine what they may or may not need, please give our offices a call: 885-9598 (Afton) or 877-3780 (Kemmerer). Let us help safeguard your kids from vaccine preventable diseases and prepare them for a healthy, happy time in school.
Due to the last minute weather related change in venue and the lack of turn out for our October 2nd flu shot clinic, we have added another clinic date in the Thayne area. On Friday, October 30th, we will return to the Thayne Community Center to give flu shots from 1:00 p.m. until 6 p.m. We hope to see you there!
Did you know that worldwide approximately 240 million people have chronic Hepatitis B? The infection causes an estimated 780,000 deaths worldwide every year. Hepatitis B is spread via bodily fluids and can be prevented with a series of three vaccines.
July 28th is World Hepatitis Awareness Day. Visit the CDC’s website for information on the disease, how it is spread, screening for the disease (especially screening of pregnant women in order to prevent perinatal transmission), and how effective the vaccine is.
Public Health in both Afton and Kemmerer offer the Hepatitis B vaccine for children and adults. We carry the Wyoming Department of Health’s Vaccines for Children program vaccine available to all Wyoming resident children ages 0 to 18 years regardless of insurance status. The vaccine itself is free of charge and can be obtained for an administration fee of $10 per dose (fee is negotiable in cases of economic hardship). It is a required vaccination for children to attend school in Wyoming. We also carry Hepatitis B vaccine for adults. If you are a Wyoming resident aged 19 years or older and are uninsured or have an insurance that does not cover immunizations, you are eligible for the Wyoming Department of Health’s Vaccines for Uninsured Adults program. We can give that vaccine to you for an administration fee of $15 (fee is negotiable in cases of economic hardship). If you are an adult aged 19 years and older who has insurance that covers vaccines, we can provide the Hepatitis B vaccines series for $45 per shot (the entire 3 shot series costs $135). We are able to bill: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicare, Medicaid, EBMS, First Health Network, CIGNA, United Healthcare, and WinHealth. Our offices also provides screening for Hepatitis B in the form of a blood draw that is sent to the Wyoming Health Department lab that will test for immunity/exposure to Hepatitis B. The cost for those titers is $45. To make an appointment for vaccines or titers, call Afton at 885-9598 or Kemmerer at 877-3780.
Are you a female aged 19 to 26, or a male 19-21? Are you uninsured or underinsured*? If so, you are eligible to receive the vaccine for Human Papillomavirus (HPV) at the Public Health offices in Kemmerer and Afton. The Wyoming State Health Department’s Immunization Program has supplied our offices with reduced cost vaccine for adults aged 19 and older who are uninsured or underinsured. If you are eligible for this vaccine, we can start the HPV series vaccine for you at no cost for the month of January. The vaccine is given as a series of three shots spaced over 6 months.
Human Papillomavirus is a common virus. Each year in the United States about 17,500 women and 9300 men are affected by HPV related cancers. Many of these can be prevented with the vaccine. HPV can cause anal and mouth/throat cancer in both men and women, cancer of the cervix, vulva and vagina in women, and cancer of the penis in men. HPV is passed via skin to skin sexual contact. HPV is so common, almost all sexually active people will get some form of it in their lives. The body’s immune system can and does fight off HPV but in some cases it does not. These are the cases that can cause cancer and genital warts. The vaccine helps to prevent those cancers and other health issues that may be caused by HPV, including genital warts.
It is recommended that girls ages 11-26 and boys ages 11 through 21 (though the vaccine may be given at age 9) receive the series prior to sexual activity so the body has time to develop an immune response. Public Health offices in Kemmerer and Afton also carries the HPV vaccine for this age group. If your child is: aged 18 years or younger, Medicaid eligible, uninsured, underinsured, American Indian/Alaskan Native, they are able to receive the HPV vaccine in our offices for a $10 per dose administration fee (the fee can also be waived for those who cannot afford to pay it).
Call the Kemmerer office at 307-877-3780 or the Afton office at 307-885-9598 to make an appointment or to ask any questions you may have about the HPV vaccine. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
* Underinsured people are defined as people who have health insurance but that insurance does not cover vaccines. This definition does not include people who simply have high deductibles.
Flu shots are now available at the Public Health offices in Afton and Kemmerer.
The vaccine is the standard trivalent (2 A strains and 1 B strain) and is available to all people ages 6 months and up. The cost for a flu vaccine for ages 3 years and up is $20. The cost for a child ages 6 months to 2 years is $10. We accept Medicare, Medicaid, Kidcare Chip, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and most other private insurances. Please bring your cards with you in order to receive your shots. You can call and make an appointment for your shots or walk in as long as a nurse is in to administer the vaccine.
We will have our standard flu shot clinics all through the month of October. Visit the Flu Shots page for a current schedule of our clinics. Do your part to help keep knock the flu out of our communities – get immunized!
Contact the Kemmerer office at 877-3780 and the Afton office at 885-9598 to make your flu shot appointments.
Flu Shots are still available in the Public Health offices. We have plenty of flu vaccine. Call us at 885-9598 to make an appointment for your shot. Protect yourselves against flu and get immunized!
Flu is now considered widespread in Wyoming for this flu season: According to the Wyoming Department of Health’s surveillance epidemiologist, influenza activity is picking up in the State of Wyoming. Public Health still has plenty of flu vaccine available. Flu shots are $20 and we do accept Medicaid and Medicare!