County nurses

Michele Middleton is new on staff with Gila County Public Health Department Nursing Services, offering walk-in immunizations for Payson clients and customers (appointments necessary for afternoon visits).

Need to update your kids’ immunizations? Gila County’s Public Health Department Nursing Services at 107 W. Frontier St. has convenient “no-appointment-necessary” walk-in immunizations during morning hours, afternoon appointments, and new full-time staff hired to provide countywide service.

Not just for kids, Gila County Nursing Services offers free vaccinations to everyone 18 years of age and under — no co-pay or office visit fee required.

Immunization services are vital; Gila County Nursing Services works closely with local schools to provide training and support to ensure children have a healthy, successful school year.

“Protecting your child with vaccines helps decrease outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases like pertussis, measles and mumps that do occur in this country,” said Ginnie Scales, RN, Health Services Program Manager for Gila County Health & Emergency Management.

“Immunizations have a big impact on improving health of children in the United States. Fortunately, few parents or guardians ever have to see the potentially deadly consequences these diseases can have on a child.”

Scales and her staff provide all required school immunizations for kindergarten through sixth grade. Going the extra mile, they offer other recommended vaccines such as Meningococcal B and Tdap.

Scales explains that the Meningococcal B vaccine is now recommended for children ages 16-18 looking ahead to college. Released in 2014, this protects against Meningococcal B, which has been responsible for outbreaks between 2013 and 2016, some deadly, at college campuses throughout the U.S.

Tdap is now recommended for anyone who has previously not received the vaccine, pregnant women during their third trimester (each pregnancy), and family and caregivers around small infants.

“These diseases may not be common in the U.S., however, they are still endemic in many parts of the world,” said Scales.

District One Supervisor Tommie Martin applauded Scales and welcomes her new staff: two new full-time hires with the nursing division: Michele Middleton serving the Payson community, and Sean Pollock in the Globe area.

“I’m proud of Gila County’s Public Health Department Nursing Services for expanding services by hiring new staff ahead of a busy season, and arranging morning walk-in immunizations for convenience and customer service, and getting the word out with seasonal reminders,” said Martin.

“Nursing Services makes an effort to be available for Payson and Rim Country patients. They’re a well-trained staff and the care they provide is an asset to all of us — preventative care and education help keep Gila County residents safe and healthy.”

Please note that services at 107 W. Frontier St. in Payson are available for walk-in patients during morning hours, and by appointment during afternoons. Please stop by and chat with staff — ask about family planning, wellness and other programs. Questions? Call 928-474-7180.

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tmcquerrey@payson.com

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