Health department continues HPV vaccine initiative

The Dubois County Health Department, along with the American Cancer Society, is continuing its efforts with the countywide HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine initiative. The goal is to reduce the rate of cancer in our community, secondary to HPV infections, through vaccination and education. The grant has been focused on 11- to 12-year-old boys and girls of Dubois County; however, the health department wants to vaccinate every boy and girl age 9-26 years.

The HPV vaccine is cancer prevention. The HPV vaccine has proven that it is safe, effective, and provides long-lasting protection against cancers caused by HPV. The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges, but prevention of HPV related cancers remains a public health priority, and Dubois County must continue efforts in reducing the rate of cancer in the community. Now is not the time to skip vaccinations. One of the best ways to protect our children is by vaccinating.

The health department understands how difficult it may be for parents to get their children vaccinated. Not only is the Dubois County Health Department Immunization Department open Monday through Friday, but extended hours and school-based clinics are offered to accommodate busy schedules. They have the ability to bill private insurance and also serve those who are underinsured, receiving Medicaid, or uninsured. Any child should be able to receive this vaccine regardless of their financial status.

School-based vaccination clinics will be starting in March at all Dubois County schools for fifth- through 12th-graders. Parents be on the lookout for information on how to register your student.

Please call 812-481-7056 to schedule an appointment.

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