Starke County Health Department
Dr. Browne – Health Officer
53 East Washington Street
Knox, IN 46534
574-772-9137 – Main/Health Nurse
574-772-9139 – Environmental
574-772-9137 – Food Sanitarian
574-772-9174 – Vital Records
Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm
Health Department Immunization Clinic – Tuesdays 10:00am – 4:00pm (closed 12:00pm to 1:00pm for lunch)
- Birth and Death Certificates
- Paternity Affidavits
- Paternity Affidavits
Public Health Services
- Immunization Clinic
- Clinic hours
- Communicable Disease Control
- Referral Services
- TB Control
- Health Education
- Residential and Commercial Septic Program
- Water Testing Service
- Food Service Inspection
- Educational Programs
To promote and preserve the health of Starke County residents and visitors through: disease prevention; healthy life style promotion; safe food and a safe environment.
Immunization Policy Change: Implications for Your Family
Beginning July 1, 2011, significant changes will occur in how vaccines are provided here in Indiana. Federal and state guidelines will no longer allow county health departments to provide publicly funded vaccines to adults or children if their insurance covers immunization costs. This policy change ensures all publicly funded vaccine goes to children who qualify for it. Adults and children with insurance that covers immunizations will now need to either visit their primary provider or contact their county health department to see if private stock vaccine is available. These changes assure that the much-needed federal and state dollars that are provided for vaccines go to those children who truly have no insurance to rely on.
Your plan may cover the cost of all vaccines, a select few, or require you hit a deductible before vaccines are covered. Insurance plans with deductibles, percentage-based plans (80/20 plans), and those with co-pays are considered fully insured. Children on these plans will not be eligible for publicly funded vaccines and will need to use their insurance to pay for immunizations. Public health officials will ask whether or not your insurance covers vaccines and will seek your signature as proof that they asked.
Please call your insurance provider to find out what vaccines are covered and at what cost. Not all insurance carriers cover vaccines or only cover a select few. Depending on your coverage, the county health department may be able to provide certain immunizations. The next important call is to your primary physician. Please ensure your physician’s group offers vaccines. Clarify cost for each vaccine. Then call your county health department. Some county health departments will provide private stock vaccines, which means you could pay for the vaccine and then seek reimbursement from your insurance carrier. Make these calls prior to your visit. Every child in Indiana deserves access to life-saving vaccines.
Each family is responsible for verifying coverage. Keep in mind there are vaccine requirements for children/youth entering school, certain travel destinations, jobs, and even volunteer organizations. Getting vaccinated will reduce the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases and saves lives.
At this time Starke County Health Department does not carry private stock vaccines for children.
Please call your county health department with additional questions. For more information on the importance of immunizations, please visit www.vaccinateindiana.org