Health department not cutting cost corners on child immunizations
KENNEWICK, Wash. -- It's almost back to school time and some parents wondered about what state budget cuts meant for immunizations.
Last year, the Benton Franklin Health District administered more than 18,000 immunizations. In the state of Washington, no child can be turned away from getting his or her needed shot based on inability to pay.
Before, the state allocated $36 million dollars to cover those needs for all kids. Now, the insurance companies will be paying for it, so kids and parents won't feel the effects.
At the Benton Franklin Health District the actual vaccination is free; however, it costs $20 for the office vista and up to $15.60 for a vaccination administration fee. If you cannot afford the fees, a sliding scale is available.
Parents who need to make an appointment, can call 509-460-4200.