You're never too old to get immunized!

Adult Immunizations Mount Vernon OhioYour need for immunizations does not end when you reach adulthood. The specific shots (injections) you need as an adult depend not only on your age, lifestyle, overall health, pregnancy status, and travel plans but also on whom you are in close contact with and what vaccines you had as a child. Tetanus and diphtheria shots need to be repeated every 10 years throughout adulthood in order to keep your immunity.

Many people don’t realize the important role vaccines can play in keeping adults healthy. But they need to — influenza, pneumonia, hepatitis B, cervical cancer, shingles and whooping cough are all adult diseases that can be prevented by vaccines. Each year, vaccine-preventable diseases kill more Americans than traffic accidents, breast cancer, and HIV/AIDS. Millions of people get sick, leading to missed work, not being able to care for those who depend on them, and passing the illness on to others. Surprisingly, adults are 100 times more likely than children to die of diseases that vaccines can prevent. Each year in the United States, vaccine-preventable diseases claim the lives of 500 children and approximately 50,000 adults.

When are adult vaccines available?

Adult immunizations are given by appointment only, on Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 8 a.m. - Noon and 1 - 4 p.m. and until 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month. To make an appointment for adult immunizations, call the medical clinic at 740-399-8009.
Danville Immunization Clinic: Immunizations for adults are also offered by appointment only 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. 

What’s the Cost

The chart below lists costs for some adult vaccines. Because the prices change, we suggest you verify the cost when you make your appointment. We accept cash, checks, money orders, debit or credit cards as well as several insurance plans for payment.  Make checks and money orders payable to the Knox County Health Department.
There is a $10 additional fee for those who live outside of Knox County

The information below is provided directly from the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website






Helpful Links

Vaccines and Adults: A Lifetime of Health

10 Reasons for Adults to be Vaccinated

Immunization Action Coalition



Quit Smoking Treatment, Tobacco Smoking


If you have a strong desire to quit tobacco, the Knox County Health Department’s Put It Out for Good program can help. While there is no ‘magic bullet’ to break the addiction to nicotine, the health department has helped hundreds of smokers and chewers to reduce and cease their tobacco use.




What's your reason to quit?

Some of the more popular reasons people want to break their addiction to nicotine include:

  • Improving overall health
  • Reducing the smell of smoke on clothes, hair, breath, car and home
  • Doing simple tasks without running out of breath
  • Having fewer facial wrinkles
  • Saving money
  • Increasing life expectancy to be around longer for family and friends
  • Being in control over life

Tobacco Counseling ClassesFree Counseling, Free Nicotine Patches

The health department offers free counseling and free nicotine replacement therapy to combat with the addiction to tobacco thanks to program funding from United Way of Knox County. The program is designed to help tobacco users Put It Out for Good within an eight-week timeframe.

Combining counseling and nicotine replacement therapy (nicotine patches, gum or lozenges) will better chances of quitting. However, there is not one way to quit that works the same for everybody. An individual quit plan is developed with each client.

Free Ongoing Classes

Tobacco users interested in quitting are invited to attend free classes every Thursday night at the Knox County Health Department. Classes are held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the health department conference room. The health department is located at 11660 Upper Gilchrist Road. Pre-registration is not required to attend the classes.

Classes help clients better understand withdrawal symptoms, triggers, relapse, weight gain, addiction, support systems, and many other issues. Classes are never designed to lecture clients about the dangers of tobacco use and what will happen if one doesn’t quit.

One-on-one counseling sessions can also be arranged by appointment only. 


Contact Information

For more information about Put It Out for Good classes, contact Mike Whitaker, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, at the health department at 392-2200, ext. 2233 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





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

For public health emergencies during
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740-397-3333, Ext.#1

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