Vaccination is one of the best ways to protect your child’s health. Diseases that used to be common in this country and around the world, including polio, measles, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), rubella (German measles), mumps, and tetanus can now be prevented by vaccination. Thanks to a vaccine, one of the most terrible diseases in history—smallpox—no longer exists outside the laboratory. Over the years, vaccines have prevented countless cases of disease and saved millions of lives.
ChildProtect: Free Vaccines for Children
The ChildProtect program provides free vaccines to children (birth to age 18) who are uninsured or enrolled in Medical Assistance. Appointments are not necessary, but parents must bring up-to-date immunization records. The free vaccines are available between January and November, at the following locations:
- Garden Spot Fire & Rescue in New Holland
- Bart Township Fire Company in Bart
- Lancaster General Health Outpatient Center in Columbia
Other Community Vaccine Programs
Children whose insurance does not cover immunizations or has high deductibles may receive free vaccines through the following organizations:
- PA Department of Health Services at 717-299-7597
- Lancaster Health Center (formerly SouthEast Lancaster Health Services) at 717-299-6371
- Welsh Mountain Medical and Dental Center at 717-354-4711
Contact program coordinator Natalie Oster via email or by calling 717-544-3807.