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Gibson Co. health officials say immunizations have dropped by more than half

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GIBSON CO., IN (WFIE) -

The Gibson County Health Department says they're seeing a 60% drop in immunizations at their office. 

Officials say the State Department of Health set a mandate in February to regulate who receives state funded immunizations.

Under the mandate the Gibson County Health Department can only immunize those who are uninsured or under-insured for the $8 fee.

The health department has talked to other public health nurses and pediatricians offices to see if previous patients are getting their immunizations elsewhere. 

"They're not reporting an increase in the number of immunizations they're giving, so if parents are opting to not immunize their kids now, when they get to the point where they're going to preschool or kindergarten, they're going to get caught there and possibly have to play catch up on getting their vaccines," said Jennifer Tuley,Gibson County Health Department.

The health department says patients with health insurance are considered "private pay" and you can still come to their clinics, but you pay what they pay, which can be upwards to $300 per visit.

Officials say they're working to partner with those insurance companies in the coming months. 

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