Immunizations and Vaccine Preventable Diseases

Immunizations against contagious diseases are provided by Health and Community Services to both children and adults who need them. The department does this both through providing vaccine purchased by the state to private medical providers, and by administering shots when they are needed.

Shots may be administered during routine visits or special clinics held by public health nurses at department offices, in schools, senior centers, and other public and private facilities on the larger islands. Vaccination is a simple and effective method of preventing certain diseases which may cause serious health problems.

Vaccines are a very safe method for disease prevention and are closely monitored with a critical vaccine safety program  that conducts studies to assess health risks and side effects of vaccines. If you would like more general information about vaccinations, see the CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions about Immunizations. Childhood vaccines are important to protect your children against potentially deadly diseases. For a comprehensive resource on childhood vaccines, see Plain Talk About Childhood Immunization or the Department of Health’s FAQ about Childhood Immunizations 
   
Recommended Immunizations for Infants and Young Children     [Spanish]

Recommended Immunizations for Youth, ages 7-18     [Spanish]
  
Recommended Immunizations for Adults
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Recommended Immunizations for Travelers
    
Access your Family's Immunization Information online through the Washington State Department of Health MyIR (My Immunization Records) system.