Children & Families
Immunizations protect your child from serious illness and are required for attendance at school or licensed daycare. The Grundy County Health Department participates in the Federal Vaccines for Children Program.
Grownups need immunizations too! Adults need a tetanus booster every ten years and a flu shot annually. We offer other adult vaccinations: Hepatitis A and B, Shingles, Pneumonia, and HPV.
WIC (Women, Infants, and Children)
WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) is a nutritional program offered to pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, infants and children under age 5.
The goal of the Federally-funded WIC program is to help young children get off to a healthy start. Eligibility is based on nutritional risk and Federal income guidelines. WIC clients receive supplemental food, health care referrals, nutrition education, and breastfeeding promotion and support.
Lead poisoning is a health risk for young children. Kids may be exposed to lead through lead-based paint or dust that is contaminated with lead. Lead testing should be done at at age one and two and for any child under age six that has never been tested. Lead Screening is available free by appointment.
Health experts worldwide agree that breastfeeding provides the best start for a new baby; there are wonderful benefits for the mother as well. GCHD has a Certified Breastfeeding Educator on staff to answer your questions about breastfeeding. We also hold breastfeeding classes twice a year and loan breastpumps to residents of Grundy County.
Car Seat Checks
In the State of Missouri, children under the age of 8 must be secured in an appropriate car seat or booster seat. It is estimated that 80% of car seats are installed incorrectly. GCHD has a Certified Passenger Safety Technician on staff that can inspect for proper installation and make sure your seat is appropriate for your child's size and age.