When Brittany Dorco needed to get her 15-month-old son, Landon Roper, vaccinated, she didn’t go to a doctor’s office.
She took the boy to the Lodi American Legion Post 523 on Bank Street in Lodi. That’s where the Medina County Health Department conducts monthly clinics providing the only childhood vaccinations in the area.
“In southwest Medina County, there’s only one doctor’s office and they don’t administer vaccines,” said Suzanne Kanner, the public health nursing supervisor for the Health Department. “We do whatever we can to make it easier.”
The Health Department provides monthly clinics in Lodi on the third Wednesday of each month and in the village of Spencer on the second Wednesday of the month.
Lodi resident Nina Wilson said the convenience of the Lodi clinic made things a little easier for the mother of three.
“Our doctor is here in Lodi, so the fact we can just get the shots done here, too, is nice,” she said.
On Wednesday, Wilson’s daughter, 7-month-old Kylee Trone, received four shots recommended for babies when they turn 6 months.
Kylee also received polio, Hib, PV and DTP vaccines.
All the vaccines are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and most doctors to prevent children from contracting polio, diphtheria, whooping cough and other serious and potentially deadly diseases.
The Health Department has operated the clinic in Lodi for more than 20 years and recently moved from a building across Bank Street to the American Legion Hall.
Colleen Rice, spokeswoman for the department, said more space was needed for a dental clinic in the morning.
The department’s dental clinic in Medina sees about 7,000 patients a year, and the Lodi clinic was opened to help ease the overflow.
Rice thanked the American Legion for providing the space for the clinics at no charge.
“We wanted to be somewhere easily accessible by sidewalks, and the legion hall lets us use the space for free,” she said. “They even help us clean up at the end of the day.”
The sidewalk access is especially important for mothers like Dorco, who walked to the clinic from her apartment with her son in a stroller. Dorco’s fiance needed their car to get to his job.
At the Lodi clinic, the Health Department also distributes materials for the Women, Infants and Children program, which provides assistance for formula and diapers.
“I can get his shots done, and pick up my WIC things, too, so it’s pretty convenient,” she said.
The department recommends making an appointment, but walk-ins are accepted at the clinic.
While insurance is accepted for the vaccines, non-Medicaid vaccines cost $12 for county children and adolescents, and $14.50 for out-of-county residents.
Parents can work with the department on payment plans and other options to get their children vaccinated.
“We don’t deny anyone,” Kanner said.
For more information on the clinics, visit www.medinahealth.org.
Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or firstname.lastname@example.org.