Immunization clinic takes its best shot

Staff Reports

PIQUA — The Immunization Clinic provided by the Piqua Health Department and Upper Valley Medical Center (UVMC) opened this week in its new location at Central Intermediate School, 807 Nicklin Ave., Piqua.

Clinic hours are on Thursdays from noon to 5 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling (937) 615-9302. Walk-ins are also welcome.

“Immunizations are the best method to help prevent childhood diseases,” clinic coordinator Cathy Knouff said. “We are pleased to be able to offer the clinic at our new location through the support of the Piqua Schools along with UVMC and the Piqua Health Department.”

“The clinic’s professional, caring nurses can give children the immunization shots they need to vaccinate them from major childhood diseases,” she added. Those include measles, mumps, rubella (German measles), diphtheria, tetanus (lockjaw), chicken pox (varicella), pertussis (whooping Cough), polio, hepatitis A and B, meningococcal influenza type B (Hib), pneumococcal conjugate, rotavirus, influenza, and human papilloma virus (guardasil).

“This clinic’s been in operation for a long time,” Director Amy Welker of the Piqua Health and Sanitation Department said. The clinic has been located in the previous Nicklin school building as well as the medical building that was behind the old hospital in Piqua.

“It’s been a long time that we’ve had this partnership with the hospital,” Welker said.

The Piqua Health Department provides mainly financial support to the clinic.

“We just feel like it’s a good benefit for the community,” Welker said. “And it’s such a good partnership with the hospital and the schools.”

The Piqua Health Department also encourages the public to utilize this resource.

“Its convenient being in the school,” Welker said. “If kids are behind on their immunizations, it should be a convenient location to pop into the school.”

Piqua City Schools Superintendent Rick Hanes said it benefits the district to have the clinic located in one of their school buildings and is a facility students can go to if they do not have a family doctor.

“It makes it very convenient,” Hanes said. “(Clinic) helps to get our students that don’t have easy access to immunization much faster. It’s a phenomenal resource is what it comes down to.”

A nominal fee is charged for immunizations at the clinic. No insurance other than Healthy Start is accepted. However, no one is ever refused for inability to pay.

Adult immunizations also are available, including hepatitis A and B, pneumonia, influenza, and adult tetanus. For further information, please call (937) 615-9302.

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Reporters Amy Barger and Sam Wildow contributed to this article.

Reporters Amy Barger and Sam Wildow contributed to this article.