Changes for back-to-school 2017 immunizations; New fee and billing structure starts Aug. 1 for non-Kansas City residents
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 19, 2017
The City of Kansas City, Missouri, is introducing a new fee structure beginning Aug. 1, for any non-Kansas City resident seeking childhood immunizations at the Kansas City Health Department Immunization Clinic.
“We receive a huge rush of students needing immunizations as we get closer to the first day of school” said Tiffany Wilkinson, Division Manager, Communicable Disease Prevention and Public Health Preparedness. “As one of the only walk-in clinics available, our priority is serving the residents of Kansas City, while the fee for non-residents helps us contain the growing costs involved with meeting vaccination demand.”
Non-Kansas City residents will have a fee of $10 for the first child seen and $5 for each additional child in the same family. “Changes in federal guidelines and the increasing costs of vaccine has also resulted in a change in billing structure,” Wilkinson said.
Immunization services are free for those who qualify under the Federal Vaccine for Children program or we can bill most insurance plans. For those who don’t quality for either of these options, “fee-for-service” is available so you can pay for vaccinations.
To avoid long lines and potential fees, the time to bring your children in for vaccinations is now. The clinic is located at 2400 Troost Ave. Children are seen on a walk-in basis during normal clinic hours:
- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday | 8–11:30 a.m. and 1–4 p.m.
- Thursday 8 a.m.–1 p.m. (registration closes at 12:30 p.m. on Thursdays).
Parents/guardians should bring:
- A picture ID
- Insurance or Medicaid cards
- Shot records
- A school letter, if available
- If the adult bringing the child is not the parent/guardian, written consent is required.
- Children under the age of 18 need to be accompanied by parent/legal guardian.
- If a child is not accompanied by parent or legal guardian, then a letter, written and signed, from the parent/guardian must be presented. Please include parent/guardian’s name, the child’s name, the name of the person accompanying the child and a number where parent/guardian can be reached.
- Students entering college are encouraged to check with health services at their institution to ensure they are current on immunizations.