Every Tuesday, except for holidays, the South Milwaukee/St. Francis Health Department will offer certain Clinic Services. These Services include:
Blood Pressure Screening
Blood pressure screening is done free of charge.
There is a cost for this service based on the cost of screening supplies. Please call for current pricing. Included in the screening is:
- Glucose Level
- High Density Lipoprotein (HDL)
- Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL)
- Risk Ratio
- Total Cholesterol
Fasting is not necessary for this screening. Blood pressure screening is also done at the time of visit.
Urine human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is done on Tuesdays by appointment for a fee. Call the Health Department at 414-768-8055 for more information and to make an appointment.
Immunizations are available for uninsured or under-insured individuals. The Health Department may also provide vaccinations to children who have BadgerCare or Medicaid insurance, or if their insurance doesn’t cover vaccinations. Some vaccines may be available for adults for a fee. Immunizations may be given by appointment only.
- Recommended Immunization Schedule for Infants 0 to 6 years of age (PDF)
- Recommended Immunization Schedule for Children 7 to 18 years of age (PDF)
- Recommended Immunization Schedule for Adults 19 and Older (PDF)
Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. They not only help protect vaccinated individuals, but also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases. Among children born during 1994 to 2016, vaccination will prevent an estimated 381 million illnesses, 24.5 million hospitalizations, and 855,000 deaths over the course of their lifetimes.
Why Follow the Recommended Immunization Schedule
Because of the success of vaccines in preventing disease, parents may not have heard of some of today’s vaccines or the serious diseases they prevent. These diseases can be especially serious for infants and young children. That is why it is important to follow the recommended immunization schedule to protect infants and children by providing immunity early in life, before they encounter potentially life-threatening diseases. Vaccine-preventable diseases still circulate in the United States and around the world, so continued vaccination is necessary to protect everyone from potential outbreaks. Even when diseases are rare in the U.S., they can still be common in many parts of the world and unvaccinated individuals can bring them to the U.S., putting unvaccinated people at risk.
Tuberculosis (TB) Skin Testing
TB skin tests are by appointment only. Test results must be read within 48 to 72 hours. There is a charge for this service, please call to schedule an appointment and for current pricing.
Testing for lead in the blood is very important to check in babies and toddlers. A developing child learns by handling and mouthing objects in their environment so are at risk for ingesting lead dust. The Wisconsin State Statute 254 requires that providers and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) clinics must report results of blood lead levels to the State where a registry is maintained. Local Health Departments are responsible for monitoring and surveillance of blood lead levels, and will follow up by contacting parents/caregivers if the result is over 5µg per dl. Blood lead level testing may be performed using a finger stick (capillary) test, or a blood draw (venous) test. Recommendations for blood lead screening are at 12 months and 24 months of age.
Children who are 3 to 5 years old should be screened are enrolled in WIC or Medicaid, have a sibling with elevated blood lead level, live in a house built before 1978 and are exposed to remodel dust, or have ever lived in, or spent time in a building built before 1950. Please note that the cities of Milwaukee and Racine have a slightly different recommendation due to the concentration of older homes that may contain lead paint.
Children who recently moved to a home built before 1978 may want to have a lead screening to ensure there is no new exposure. Remodeling, renovating and scraping paint can create lead dust so concerns for exposure are increased in these situations. Blood lead level is available at South Milwaukee Health Department for uninsured children age 1 to 5 years. In addition to the lead testing, information about lead poisoning and identifying lead hazards in the home is available from the Public Health Nurse. A home lead hazard investigation will be done when a child has an elevated blood lead level as mandated by the State of Wisconsin, Department of Health Services. This service is also available upon request for a fee, for families that have a concern about lead hazards in their home. For more information on lead poisoning, visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
Lead in Water
Lead in drinking water remains a concern for many whose homes have lead service lines. The South Milwaukee Water Utility does testing of water to ensure it meets standards when it is treated at the Water Department. Running the cold water for at least 2 minutes in the morning, or when it is out of use for 6 hours or more, will minimize any exposure from lead pipes. Also never use hot water from the tap for drinking or cooking.
School Community Involvement
The Public Health Nurses provide service to the schools in the community through consultation on general health concerns with students, for parents, and to school staff. The Public Health Nurses provide immunization audits of all records; school based immunization clinics as needed, coordinate vision screening and refer children in need of follow-up. The Public Health Nurses provide health education on topics that include nutrition, effects of tobacco use, growth and development and hygiene, and provide hearing screening on request.