The recent measles scare and my own bout of whopping cough over the holidays had me thinking about the importance of up-to-date immunizations, and not just flu shots. There are no-cost and low-cost ways to get children (infants to 18 years) and adults immunized for everything including measles, mumps, polio and Hepatitis A & B. Even if you miss the monthly events, you can still visit walk-in clinics.
Typically immunizations start at about $25 per shot, but you can also pay what you can afford. Most clinics serve uninsured, Medicaid, CHP+ patients. Ask about other insurances. And no child is turned away for inability to pay. It’s very important that you bring your own and/or your child’s immunization record every time. Here are few of the local clinics we found:
Denver — Colorado Miners Community Center at 4809 Race St., Denver, 303-602-3520. Clinics the 4th Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (For 2017 – January 28, February 25, March 25, April 22, May 20, July 22, August 26, September 23, October 28, November 18, December 16).
Denver Public Health Immunization Clinic at 605 Bannock St., 1st Floor, Denver. Call for prices. Open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Note: Clinic opens at 9 a.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Walk-ins welcome. Appointments not required. 303-602-3520. Closed January 16 & 20.
Aurora — Local health departments partners with area fire stations for Saturday Shots For Tots clinics. Not only do the kids get their vaccinations, but they can check out the cool fire engines and ambulances, play games and go home with goodies. Clinics 2nd Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aurora Fire Station #2, 12600 Hoffman Blvd. 2017 Dates: January 14, February 11, March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, September 9, October 14, November 11, December 9. 303-451-0123.
Also walk-in clinics Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tri-County Health Department Aurora Office, 15400 East 14th Place, 1st Floor, Aurora. 303-451-0123. Appointments available other days.
Arvada — Same as Aurora with tours of fire engines and ambulances. Clinics 1st Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Arvada Fire Station #2, 5250 Oak St., Arvada, 303-239-7078. 2017 Dates: January 7, February 4, March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2, October 7, November 4, December 2.
Westminster — Walk-in clinics on Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. 1401 W. 112nd Ave, Ste 200, Westminster, 303-451-0123. Appointments available for other days.
Englewood — Walk-in clinics on Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 4857 S. Broadway, 303-451-0123. Appointments available on select days.
Castle Rock — Appointments available on select days by calling 303-451-0123. 4400 Castleton Court, Castle Rock.
Lone Tree — Appointments available on select days by calling 303-451-0123. 9350 Heritage Hills Cir., Lone Tree.
Boulder — Only for non-insured residents. Clinics Wednesdays 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 3482 Broadway, Boulder. Call 303-413-7799 to make an appointment or before walk-in visits. $21.50/shot (no child turned away because of inability to pay).
Longmont — Only for non-insured residents. Clinics Mondays 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. 515 Coffman, Second Floor. Call 303-413-7799 to make an appointment.
Here’s a terrific general resource – The Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition, which provides parents with the latest information on vaccines and low-cost/free clinics.