MARQUETTE - Despite rumors to the contrary, basic immunizations are still available at the Marquette County Health Department.
In a news release sent out Wednesday, MCHD Medical Director Dr. Terry Frankovich said recent rumors had suggested the department would be unable to provide vaccinations under provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Those claims, she said, are not true.
"The health department has a longstanding tradition of providing routine childhood, adult and seasonal vaccinations, which all member of the community may access, typically at low or no cost," the statement said. "This has not changed."
LPN Jill Santti prepares a seasonal influenza vaccine at the Marquette County Health Department in this 2009 file photo. The health department is working to dispel recent rumors suggesting the department would be unable to provide vaccinations under provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Officials said the rumors are baseless. (Journal file photo)
Frankovich - who is also the medical director for the Dickinson-Iron and Western U.P. health departments, as well as for Public Health of Delta and Menominee Counties - said immunization is a core function of a public health organization. The goal, she said, is to immunize all members of the community.
"People should access vaccination wherever it is most convenient for them," she said. "We simply want to make sure that they are aware that health departments will continue to be one of their options."
Kyle Whitney can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250.