Due to what officials are calling a lack of clients, the Prosser branch of the county health department will shutter its doors Sept. 19.

BFHD officials say immunizations have dropped at the office because many are now available through privatized clinics in the area.

They also say while overall interaction with clients has increased at the Environmental Health clinic, it's been due to increased Internet activity, emails and other digital communications. The actual number of clients visiting the office has declined.

The closure will not affect the Health District office in Kennewick. Officials did not say how many workers would be transferred or laid off.