Discounted vaccinations

Jefferson County Public Health Department has a limited supply of shingles and whooping cough vaccines for uninsured adults, available until the supply is gone.

For those age 60 and up, with no insurance, shingles vaccine is available. Shingles vaccine protects against the painful shingles disease to which people who have had chickenpox in their life are susceptible.

A onetime dose is recommended for people with healthy immune systems, even if you have had shingles disease before.

The Tdap vaccine, protecting against tetanus and whooping cough or pertussis, is also available for all uninsured adults.

This is the same vaccine that is currently recommended for all pregnant women and required for students in seventh grade. While the vaccine is recommended for everyone, those who are around babies, such as grandparents and caregivers, are especially urged to get the vaccine. This is because whooping cough can be deadly for infants.

The vaccines cost only $20 each. The two shots can be given at the same time for those who need both. Call the Jefferson County Health Department for an appointment at 541-475-4456. If you have questions, ask for Sarah Decker, RN.

Breast cancer tests

The Oregon Breast and Cervical Cancer Program has allocated Jefferson County Public Health additional funds to use for routine screening of eligible women, ages 40-64, which includes a clinical breast exam, Pap test, pelvic exam and mammogram.

There are a limited number of screenings covered by this program and funds available only until June 30.

To be eligible, you must be between the ages of 40 and 64, and either be uninsured or meet the low-income requirements. If you are interested in a screening exam and a mammogram, or have questions, call the Jefferson County Public Health Department at 541-475-4456.

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