Immunizations

New School Immunization Requirements
The staff at Ravalli County Public Health encourage parents to act early to meet the new immunization requirements recently enacted by the Montana Legislature. Parents of all public school students (K-12) have until October 1 of this year to comply with the new guidelines, and Ravalli County Public Health staff are ready to help by examining children’s immunization records and scheduling needed shots.
 
 The first new requirement is that all students will now need to have two varicella (chicken pox) shots, or documentation from a provider that the child has had the chicken pox disease. Also, a tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap) booster will be needed for all students in grades 7-12. Previously, either a tetanus/diphtheria (Td) or a Tdap was acceptable upon entering seventh grade.  

 

The rules regarding exemptions are unchanged, and children must still receive all previously required immunizations. 
   
Contact Ravalli County Public Health at 375-6672 for more information, or to schedule a visit.  
   
Immunizations for Infants, Children & Teens
Immunizations are important for infants, children, teens and adults! Public Health accepts most insurance for vaccines, which are now routinely covered under the Affordable Care Act. Uninsured children 18 years and younger are eligible for vaccines under the Federal "Vaccine for Children" program. Vaccines are provided at no cost to parents under this program. An administration fee of $20 per vaccine is requested to cover our local expenses. Immunization records are required for administration of vaccines to children, so remember to bring your copy of these records to your appointment.

Uninsured adults may be eligible for some vaccines at an administrative cost of $20. Please call us for details.
 
TB Screening
Ravalli County Public Health offers TB testing for $20.  The test requires two visits to our office; the first for the test to be administered, the second, which must be within 48 to 72 hours of the first, for the test to be read.

 Vaccinations Offered

Vaccination Type Reason for Vaccination
Hepatitis B
Vaccine to prevent Hepatitis B, a highly infectious virus that attacks the liver. The vaccine is given in three doses over six months for adults and children.
Hepatitis A
Vaccine to prevent Hepatitis A, another infectious virus that attacks the liver. The vaccine is given in two doses over six months. 
DTaP
Combined vaccine to prevent Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (Whooping Cough). This vaccine is given in five doses beginning at two months of age.
Hib
Vaccine to prevent Haemophilus b disease, a leading cause of meningitis (an infection of the brain or covering of the brain and spinal cord). This vaccine is given in three or four doses beginning at two months of age.
PCV
Vaccine to prevent bacterial Pneumococcal infections, such as meningitis and blood infections. It can also prevent some ear infections. This vaccine is given in four doses beginning at two months of age.
IPV
Vaccine to prevent Polio. This inactivated vaccine is given in four doses beginning at two months of age.
Rotavirus Vaccine to prevent Rotavirus, the leading cause of severe acute gastroenteritis (vomiting and severe diarrhea) among children worldwide. This vaccine is given in three doses beginning at 2 months of age.
MMR
Combined vaccine to prevent Measles, Mumps and Rubella. This vaccine is given in two doses beginning at age one year.
Var
Vaccine to prevent Varicella Zoster or Chickenpox. This vaccine is given in two doses beginning at age one year.
MCV4
Vaccine to prevent bacterial meningitis, now recommended for children at 11-12 years of age. One or two doses may be needed based on age of first dose.
Tdap
A booster vaccine for Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis required for entry into the 7th grade. One dose is recommended for all adults to protect infants, the most vulnerable group for complications arising from Pertussis (Whooping Cough).
HPV 
An inactivated vaccine which protects against 4 major types of Human Papillomavirus, the major cause of cervical cancer and genital warts. This vaccine is recommended at 11-12 years of age for females and males, given in three doses over six months.

Vaccination Resources