Throughout the day you accumulate germs on your hands from a variety of sources: Shaking hands, wiping your nose, rubbing your eyes after working on your keyboard, opening doors, cooking surfaces, caring for babies, and animals.
Immunizations have proven to be the most effective way to stop the spread of disease. Here in Maricopa County your child from 0-18 years is encouraged to receive childhood immunizations from either his/her health care provider or from one of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health childhood immunization clinics. Click here to learn where you can obtain free immunizations for your child, today!
Diseases are becoming rare due to vaccinations.
The CDC explains why vaccinations are an effective tool in preventing the spread of preventable diseases: "It's true; some diseases (like polio and diphtheria) are becoming very rare in the U.S. Of course, they are becoming rare largely because we have been vaccinating against them. But it is still reasonable to ask whether it's really worthwhile to keep vaccinating.
It's much like bailing out a boat with a slow leak. When we started bailing, the boat was filled with water. But we have been bailing fast and hard, and now it is almost dry. We could say, "Good. The boat is dry now, so we can throw away the bucket and relax." But the leak hasn't stopped. Before long we'd notice a little water seeping in, and soon it might be back up to the same level as when we started." Click here to read further about could happen if we stopped vaccinating against disease.
Concerned about Vaccine safety?
For more information about the effectiveness, importance and types of childhood immunizations available to your children, please visit the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) NIP website or call the CDC at 1-800-CDC-INFO (English and Spanish), or 1-888-232-6348 (TTY).
Children and Adults...
Contrary to popular belief, vaccinations are not just for children. Both children and adults should be current with recommended vaccinations against highly preventable illness and disease.
Our website provides a recommended vaccine schedule for children, as well as information on where to obtain vaccinations if you are unable to access your medical provider of choice.
Adults need vaccinations too
To find a location close to you for immunizations for your child or children, please visit WhyImmunize.org for further information and reading about immunization efficacy and vaccine preventable diseases. In addition to how this ongoing, successful, public health service has contributed to the health of our community.
Recommended immunizations, from the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO):