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Services for Infants & Children

Women Infants and Children (WIC)
WIC is a nutrition education program. WIC provides coupons for highly nutritious supplemental foods which promote good health for pregnant and postpartum women, breastfeeding mothers, infants and children.

Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH)
The Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH) assists Richland County families of Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) access services appropriate to meet health care and other related services which will help the child/family maintain the maximum level of independence and optimum quality of life.

Child Immunizations
The Health Department Clinic (by appointment), as well as 10 satellite locations (walk-in) throughout Richland County, provide immunizations for children following the recommendations set forth by the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP).

Immunizations for children are given at specific ages and include: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, H. influenza type b (also known as Hib), Pneumococcal conjungate, polio, chickenpox, measles, mumps, rubella, Tdap, Meningococcal, HPV, and Rotovirus.

Please bring an up-to-date record of your child's shots. There is an $25 charge for the first shot and a $15 charge for each additional dose of vaccine for the uninsured. Medicaid and Medicaid Managed Care, Anthem and Medical Mutual are accepted. There is no charge if you are unable to pay. A permission form must be signed by an accompanying adult for those under 18 years of age. Call our special hotline at 419-774-8115 for a list of times and locations. - Immunization Action Coalition provides in-depth information on all types of immunizations (link takes you off this site. Hit back button in your browser to return).

Car Seat Education Program
By law:

  • Children who are less than 4 years old and/or less than 40 pounds, MUST be in an approved, properly installed child safety seat (infant seat, convertible seat) while being transported in vehicles registered in Ohio.
  • Children who are less than 8 years old or under 4' 9" tall MUST be in a properly used booster seat while being transported in vehicles registered in Ohio.

This applies to all drivers including relatives, friends, neighbors and drivers of vehicles that are owned or otherwise under the control of day care and kindergarten agencies.

Richland Public Health offers a free Car Seat Education Class. The class is available to anyone who is interested in child passenger safety. The class covers Ohio's Child Passenger Safety laws, types of child restraints for children of all ages, and common mistakes. This hands-on class is approximately one hour long and provides participants with the knowledge they need to protect infants, toddlers and children in motor vehicles. For more information please call 774-4500.

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