Car Seats Mount Vernon Knox County Ohio

Together with the Ohio Department of Health, the Knox County Health Department provides rear–facing car seats, forward–facing car seats, and booster seats to eligible families. Occasionally, we have car seats for newborns, but not very often.

Car seats are distributed by our Child Passenger Safety Technician, Mike Whitaker, and are offered during monthly classes as seats are available. A $10 fee is recommended at the time of the class. See our “Upcoming Events” section on our homepage for scheduled classes.

Throughout the year, the Health Department works with other agencies to sponsor child car seat checks to help those who transport children. Check the “Upcoming Events” section on our home page for scheduled car set checks or contact Child Passenger Safety Technician, Mike Whitaker for help on installing a child car seat in your vehicle. For more information, call 740-392-2200, Ext. 2233.


Who is eligible to receive a Child Passenger Safety Seat?

  • Applicant must meet WIC income requirements.
  • The child’s parent and/or guardian MUST attend a one–hour training program.
  • The child must weigh 5–40 lbs. to receive the rear–facing/forward-facing (convertible seat), 22-40 lbs. to receive the forward–facing (combination seat) with harness, and must be 40-100 lbs. to receive a booster seat.
  • The parent and/or guardian must provide proof of pregnancy or be in the third trimester to receive an infant seat. (when available)
  • The child must be a resident of Knox County.

Car Seat Recommendations for Children

Birth – 12 Months

Your child under age 1 should always ride in a rear–facing car seat. There are different types of rear–facing car seats: Infant–only seats can only be used rear–facing. Convertible car seats typically have higher height and weight limits for the rear–facing position, allowing you to keep your child rear–facing for a longer period of time.

1 – 3 Years

Keep your child rear–facing as long as possible. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) both have released new recommendations to keep children rear–facing until age 2. It’s the best way to keep him or her safe. Your child should remain in a rear–facing car seat until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the rear–facing car seat, your child is ready to travel in a forward–facing car seat with a harness.

4 – 7 Years

Keep your child in a forward–facing car seat with a harness until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the forward–facing care seat with a harness, it’s time to travel in a booster seat, but still in the back seat.

8 – 12 Years

Keep your child in a booster seat until he or she is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly. Ohio’s Child Passenger Safety Law states that every child under 8 years old must ride in a booster seat or other appropriate child safety seat unless the child is 4’9” or taller. For a seat belt to fit properly the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snug across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face. Remember: your child should still ride in the back seat because it’s safer there.

Child Passenger Safety Restraint Types

Rear–Facing Car Seat

Is the best seat for your young child to use. It has a harness and in a crash, cradles and moves with your child to reduce the stress to the child’s fragile neck and spinal cord.

Forward–Facing Car Seat

Has a harness and tether that limits your child’s forward movement during a crash.

Booster Seat

Positions the seat belt so that it fits properly over the stronger parts of your child’s body.

Seat Belt

Should lie across the upper thighs and chest to restrain the child safely in a crash. It should not rest on the stomach area or across the neck.

Helpful Links

Ohio’s Booster Seat Law

Ohio Department of Health resources on Child Passenger Safety

NHTSA Child Safety (NHTSA- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

SafetyBeltSafe USA





Child Immunizations Knox CountyImmunizations are one of history’s most successful public health tools for preventing serious disease and death. The medical clinic offers all childhood immunizations, or “shots” as they are sometimes called, for children, birth through age 18.

Immunization Clinic Hours

Immunizations for children and adults are available by appointment only.
Appointments are available on Monday, Tuesday and Friday.
Appointment times are from 8 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. and  until 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month when the medical clinic is open extended hours.
To make an appointment for immunizations, call the medical clinic at 740-399-8009.

Immunizations are NO LONGER AVAILABLE on a walk-in basis.

Danville Immunization Clinic: Immunizations for children and adults are offered by appointment on
on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 3- 6 p.m. at The Sanctuary, 304 S. Market St., Danville.
To make an appointment for the Danville clinic, call 599-7224. 


Immunization Fees

If you have insurance, your insurance will be billed for your immunizations. Those visiting the medical clinic for immunizations are asked to bring their insurance card to each appointment.

Due to changes at the federal and state levels for purchasing and reimbursement of vaccine, the health department medical clinic is now required to bill insurance companies for all adult and childhood immunizations. However, no child, under the age of 18 years, will be denied an immunization due to inability to pay. Medicaid is still be accepted.


We accept cash, checks, money orders, debit or credit cards for payment.
Make checks and money orders payable to the Knox County Health Department.

Immunization Records

Bring your child’s immunization record. If your child has received shots at the Health Department, we can access your child’s records from our database. If your child needs a copy of his or her immunization record in the future, i.e., when going to college, applying for a job or travel purposes, call 740-399-8009 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a copy.

Childhood Immunization Schedule




Flu Vaccine

Seasonal flu vaccine for children is available as either as a shot or nasal spray.

The shot is given to children ages 6 mos. to 2 yrs.; whereas, children, ages 2-18 years of age can receive the vaccine as either a shot or in the form of a nasal spray.

Call 740-333-8009 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for availability and cost. Looking for more info on shots for adults? Check out the Adult Immunization page.

Links for more information on immunizations

Ohio Immunization Program

American Academy of Family Physicians

American Academy of Pediatrics

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) 



BCMHThe mission of the Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps is to assure, through the development and support of high quality coordinated systems that children with special health care needs and their families obtain comprehensive care and services which are family-centered, community-based, and culturally competent. Click here to check out the BCMH program brochure


Click here to contact via email Public Health Nurse This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , RN, at the Knox County Health Department or to reach her by phone, call 740-392-2200, Ext.  2273.



What BCMH can do for families?

  • Children with special health care needs are linked to specialty physicians for care.
  • BCMH then helps families obtain payment for needed health services for these special health care needs.
  • Think of it as a “safety net” health care program – covering your medical bills as a private insurance or the medical card would – BCMH covers remaining costs after these two insurances have paid and also may cover services that they do not cover at all.
  • A public health nurse from Knox County Health Department manages your coverage and assists you with all your needs and concerns – including applying for coverage, renewal, locating BCMH physicians, getting special services approved for coverage, routine home visits and health assessments, and anything else you might need related to your BCMH coverage.

What programs does BCMH offer?

  • Diagnostic – Short-term coverage (9 months) to diagnose or rule out a chronic medical condition, or to establish a plan of treatment for the qualifying chronic medical condition.
  • Treatment – Long-term coverage to manage a chronic medical condition until the child is 21.
  • Cost Share  - Coverage for over- income families who might have limited insurance or a high deductible. Once the cost share is met, BCMH can approve payment for treatment.  The family’s own health insurance whether private or Medicaid is always the primary insurance, but BCMH can save families thousands in deductible costs and co-payments. BCMH is a combined program with Medicaid, but families can qualify for BCMH treatment or cost share with a higher income.

Who is eligible?

For the Diagnostic Program

  • Children birth to 21 years of age
  • Permanent resident of Ohio with intent to remain in the State
  • Under the care of a BCMH-credentialed physician
  • Have a possible chronic medical condition to be diagnosed or ruled-out
  • There is NO financial requirement

For the Treatment Program

  • Diagnosed with an eligible chronic medical condition
  • Children birth to 21 years of age
  • Permanent resident of Ohio with intent to remain in the State
  • Under the care of a BCMH-credentialed physician
  • Meets financial criteria (income requirements)

For the Cost Share Program

  • Diagnosed with an eligible chronic medical condition
  • Children birth to 21 years of age
  • Permanent resident of Ohio with intent to remain in the State
  • Under the care of a BCMH-credentialed physician
  • Exceeds financial criteria (income requirements). BCMH will determine deductible.

Examples of eligible chronic medical conditions

Birth defects, Cerebral palsy, Spina bifida, Congenital heart defects, Hearing loss, Cystic fibrosis, Diabetes, Severe vision disorders, Cleft lip/palate, Hemophilia, Sickle Cell disease, AIDS, Scoliosis, Epilepsy, Juvenile arthritis, Chronic pulmonary disease, Cancer, and many more.


Application Forms:

Combined Program Application

Release of Information and Consent

Medical Application 

Reporting changes in your Health Insurance or Medicaid:

Attention Parents with Health Insurance/Medicaid

Renewal Information:

BCMH Renewal Info





WICWIC is a free nutrition program that helps income-eligible women and their children by offering breastfeeding education and support, supplemental nutritious foods; nutrition education and counseling; and screening and referrals to other health and social services.

The WIC program improves pregnancy outcomes by providing or referring to support services necessary for full-term pregnancies; reduces infant mortality by reducing the incidence of low birth weight (infants under 5 ½ pounds are at greater risk of breathing problems, brain injuries and physical abnormalities) and provides infants and children with a healthy start in life by improving poor or inadequate diets.

Who is eligible for WIC in Knox County?

  • Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a baby less than six months old; and infants and children up to five years old;
  • Who meet  WIC income guidelines; And, live in Knox County.

What are the income guidelines for WIC?

In order to be eligible for WIC, the gross countable income of the economic unit (household), of which the applicant/participant is a member, must be less than or equal to the Ohio WIC program income guidelines for economic unit size provided in the following chart. WIC income guidelines are updated each year. WIC income guidelines are updated each year.

How Can WIC help families?

  • WICProvide nutritional education and support.
  • Provide breastfeeding education and support.  A breastfeeding peer helper is on staff to provide one-on-one counseling. Check here for more information on breastfeeding.
  • Refer to prenatal and pediatric health care and other maternal and child health and human service programs such as Head Start, Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps).
  • Provide immunization screening and referral. We have access to the Ohio immunization data base and check your child’s records and since we are located at the health department, you can get shots for your child after your WIC visit if you want to. Click here for more on immunizations.
  • Provide vouchers for foods like: Milk, Cereal, Juice, Eggs, Peanut Butter, Beans,  Fruits, Vegetables, Infant Formula, Tuna, Salmon, Whole Grains and Carrots. Food vouchers are accepted at most grocery stores in Knox County.
  • Provide food vouchers to be used at area Farmer’s Markets during the summer months as part of the Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program.

How can my family apply for WIC?

Call the Knox County WIC office at 740-392-2200, Ext. 2256 to schedule an appointment to meet with a WIC staff member.

What do I need to bring to the appointment?

  • Proof of income (current pay stub, current Medicaid Card or approval letter for Healthy Start, Ohio Works First or Food Assistance)
  • Proof of address (utility or credit bill, or Ohio driver's license)
  • Proof of identity for you and any applicants (birth certificate, driver's license, Medicaid card, crib card or shot record)
  • All family members applying for WIC services should come to the appointment
  • If pregnant, bring a doctor's statement showing due date
  • Children's shot records

You can also visit The Sanctuary in Danville to register for WIC, receive counseling for pick up food vouchers. The WIC staff is at The Sanctuary on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month. Call the main office at 392-2200, Ext.2255, to make an appointment. 

WIC Forms (pdf format)

WIC Program Application  

WIC History Health for Infants  

WIC Health History for Children 1-5 Years  

WIC History for Pregnant Women  

WIC History for Breastfeeding Women and Postpartum Women  

You can register to vote at all WIC Clinics

The National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993, Public Law 103-31, provides that WIC clinics serve as voter registration assistance sites throughout Ohio. Applicants can register to vote at any WIC clinic in their communities, or registration can be completed through the online services of the Secretary of State’s office.

For more information on WIC, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or phone 740-392-2200, Ext. 2255.



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Third Tuesday of every month, open until 6 p.m.

Phone: 740-392-2200    Fax: 740-392-9613

For public health emergencies during
non-business hours, call

740-397-3333, Ext.#1

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