Health Department Clinic Services
Every Tuesday, except for holidays, the South Milwaukee 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 Total Cholesterol, LDL, HDL, risk ratio and glucose level. Fasting is not necessary for this screening. Blood pressure screening is also done at the time of visit.
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.
Click here to see the Recommended Immunization Schedule for Infants 0 to 6 years of age
Click here to see the Recommended Immunization Schedule for Children 7 to 18 years of age
Click here to see the Recommended Immunization Schedule for Adults 19 and Older
Seasonal Influenza Prevention Tips
# 1 TIP – WASH YOUR HANDS!
Walk- In Influenza clinics will be held on every Thursday in October except holidays, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m, or by appointment at our Tuesday clinics. Starting in November, flu shots will be available by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please make a note of this and call for an appointment as necessary.
Influenza vaccinations are available for
- uninsured children or children that have Medicaid or Badgercare free of charge
- Adults for $35.00, or we can bill Medicare Part B for the vaccine.
Starting in November, Flu vaccines are also available by appointment at our Tuesday clinics.
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 1994-2016, vaccination will prevent an estimated 381 million illnesses, 24.5 million hospitalizations, and 855,000 deaths over the course of their lifetimes.
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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE
SOURCE – www.cdc.gov/vaccines
TB SKIN TESTING
TB skin tests are by appointment only. Test results must be read within 48-72 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 WI State Statute 254 requires that providers and 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/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 3-5 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 1-5 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, click here.
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.
More information may be found at:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – www.cdc.gov/vaccines
American Academy of Family Physicians – www.familydoctor.org
American Academy of Pediatrics – www.aap.org/immunization
US Food and Drug Administration – www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines