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Hepatitis A Vaccine: Due for shot 2?
The second dose of hepatitis A vaccine is due 6 months or more after the first dose. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if it's time for your second dose. If you do not have health insurance, please call 211 or visit 211sandiego.org to learn more about free vaccinations offered near you. For more information about hepatitis A vaccine, the disease and the local outbreak, please visit the County's San Diego Hepatitis A Outbreak web page and 211SanDiego's Hepatitis A web page.


Flu Season Has Ended
In the U.S, flu season typically occurs between December and May of each year. The CDC recommends that people 6 months and older get vaccinated against the flu. This year the vaccine will be given at Public Health Centers and other locations throughout the County during the fall and winter months, and later. For 2018-2019 flu clinic information, please check this website in early October. At that time, you may also call 2-1-1 for flu shot clinic information. For more general information about the flu, please visit our flu web page.



Pertussis (whooping cough): Get The Facts

Whooping cough is a very contagious respiratory tract infection. It usually starts with cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, low-grade fever and a mild, occasional cough. Since the early stages of pertussis can appear to be just a cold, it may not be suspected or diagnosed until the more severe symptoms start.

See related County News Center story: Pregnant Women Urged to Get Whooping Cough Shot amid Possible Epidemic

After 1-2 weeks, severe coughing can begin. Fits of rapid coughing may be followed by a high-pitched whooping sound. Other symptoms can include vomiting and exhaustion. However, it’s important to note that not everyone with pertussis coughs or makes the whooping sound.

In infants and children, especially those not fully vaccinated, whooping cough can cause serious and life-threatening complications. Half of infants 1 year of age who get pertussis are hospitalized. Of those babies, complications such as pneumonia, convulsions and apnea (slowed or stopped breathing) can result.

Complications in older children and adults are usually less serious, especially in those who have received pertussis vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the DTaP vaccine be given to children at 2, 4, 6, 15-18 months and 4-6 years. Preteens and adults should get a Tdap booster. Pregnant women should get a Tdap immunization in their third trimerster. Persons should check with their regular source of health care about these and other immunizations.

The CDC’s Vaccine and Immunization website has more information about vaccine-preventable diseases like pertussis, and the immunizations to protect against them.


Public Health Center Immunization Clinics
For information about the Immunization clinics at County Public Health Centers and other locations, please visit the Immunization Clinic web page. Also, please see the information below about eligibility for shots at Public Health Centers.

Eligibility For Immunizations at County Public Health Centers: Important Information
The following individuals are eligible to receive immunizations at County Public Health Centers:

  • Children and adults who do not have health insurance (adults—only certain vaccines available).
  • Adults whose health insurance does not include vaccines (only certain vaccines available).
  • Persons 0-18 years who are Alaskan Native or American Indian.
  • Persons 0-18 years who have Medi-Cal or are Medi-Cal eligible.
  • Persons 6 months and older in need of influenza (flu) vaccine regardless of health coverage.

Individuals are not eligible for vaccines if their insurance includes vaccinations, even if there are co-pays or deductibles.

If you have any questions regarding your eligibility for vaccines at County Public Health Centers, please call your local Center
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Learn about Who Needs A Flu Vaccine.


INFORMATION ABOUT THE IMMUNIZATION EXEMPTION LAW (SB277)
For information about the law, please visit the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) ShotsforSchool website.

RANDOM DIGIT DIALING TELEPHONE SURVEYS (RDD)
The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency's Immunization Program conducts Random Digit Dialing (RDD) telephone surveys. Interviewers make phone calls to randomly selected phone numbers to assess immunization coverage rates as well as the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about vaccines among San Diego County residents. Information provided by participants is kept confidential. Surveys provide valuable data to determine what proportions of children living in San Diego County are fully immunized. The information collected helps us plan programs to do a better job of protecting all San Diegans from vaccine preventable diseases. For more information, please contact the San Diego Immunization Program at 866-358-2966.


Measles: What You Need To Know

Measles is a very contagious disease. It spreads through the air by breathing, coughing or sneezing. It is so contagious that any child who is exposed to it and is not immune will probably get the disease.

Measles develops seven to 21 days after exposure. Early symptoms include cough, runny nose and red eyes. The distinctive red rash usually appears one to four days after early symptoms appear. A person is considered contagious four days before the rash appears. The rash begins on the face and head then proceeds downward and outward to the hands and feet. It fades in the same order it began, from head to feet.

Complications from measles are more common in children younger than 5 years old and adults 20 years and older. Complications can include diarrhea, ear infection and pneumonia. Death can occur from severe complications and the risk is higher among younger children and adults. There is no treatment for measles. Bed rest, fluids and fever control are recommended. People with complications may need treatment for their specific problem.

All persons born in 1957 or after should have documentation of at least one dose of MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine or other evidence of immunity to measles. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends two doses of the vaccine: the first at 12 months of age, and the second between ages 4–6 years.

Persons should check with their regular source of health care to make sure they have had immunizations to protect against measles, whooping cough and other vaccine-preventable diseases.

Visit the CDC’s measles web page for more information and links to resources about measles and measles vaccine.


Live Well San Diego
Live Well San Diego is the County of San Diego's vision for a region that is Building Better Health, Living Safely and Thriving.

Although Live Well San Diego began in 2010 as a health strategy, it has evolved into a greater vision to improve the health, safety and well-being of all County residents. There are three components:

  1. Building Better Health calls for improving the health of all residents and supporting health choices;

  2. Living Safely calls for ensuring residents are protected from crime and abuse, neighborhoods are safe and communities are resilient to disasters and emergencies;

  3. Thriving calls for cultivating opportunities for all people and communities to grow, connect and enjoy the highest quality of life.

To learn more, please visit the Live Well San Diego website.

Central Region Public Health Center and VIP Trailer (Oceanview Boulevard) Also Offer Online Immunization Appointments
The Central Region Public Health Center (5202 University Ave., San Diego, 92105) and the VIP Trailer (3177A Oceanview Blvd., San Diego, 92113) also offer appointments for immunizations (including influenza) online, in addition to their walk-in immunization services. These locations have joined the South Region Public Health Center in offering this service. Click here to check out the Online Appointment System! Appointments cannot be scheduled by telephone..


Recommended Immunization Schedules Available
These easy-to-read schedules show the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention immunization recommendations for people from birth to adulthood. Click on the links below to view the schedules

Schedule for 0-6 years and 7-18 years of age.
Schedule for adults 19 years and older.

More information can also be found on the CDC website here.

Disease Information Resource: County of San Diego Epidemiology Program
The County Epidemiology Program works to identify, investigate, register, and evaluate communicable, reportable, and emerging diseases and conditions to protect the health of the community. For more information about a variety of diseases, such as influenza and Hepatitis A, visit the Program's website here.


Vaccine Information You Need
The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) has redesigned part of their website to provide a new look for the many great resources they have for the public. Called Vaccine Information You Need, it's a one-stop shop for getting the facts about immunization and how important it is to everyone's health. Click here or on the link above to visit this site.

Resources for health care professionals are available by clicking the link at the top of the new section Vaccine Information You Need. And, as always, health care professionals can access those resources through www.immunize.org.

We’re This Close To Ending Polio
Rotary International and a host of individuals and organizations worldwide are running a campaign aimed at promoting awareness of and support for polio eradication in general and Rotary’s End Polio Now program in particular.

The campaign’s theme is We’re This Close To Ending Polio. Print ads and Public Service Announcements show photos of people doing the “This Close” gesture with their thumb and forefinger, and display type providing the context.

See photos, join the campaign and read more at the End Polio Now site.


CDC's Immunization Website For Parents
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has an immunization website for parents. Called For Parents: Vaccines for Your Children, it features information about a host of topics of special interest to parents, including recording immunizations, finding old immunization records, vaccinations during pregnancy, what immunizations a child needs before traveling internationally, and much more! Visit the website here.


Immunization Resource Spotlight:

The History of Vaccines
(click title or button labeled "The History of Vaccines" at lower right to go to website)
This informative and educational website, created by The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, "explores the role of Immunization in the human experience and examines its continuing contribution to Public Health."

The site features articles about the History of Anti-vaccination Movements, DIfferent Types of Vaccines, Ethical Issues and Vaccines, and much more. One article of note is an excellent overview of vaccine injury compensation programs in the U.S., including an introduction by immunization expert Paul Offit, M.D. 

Also featured are timelines showing the important events in the histories of diseases and vaccines, science and society and vaccine pioneers.

There is a special section just for parents with features like Top 20 Questions about Vaccinations, Misconceptions About Vaccinations and the Development of the Vaccine Schedule. There are also special sections for educators and the media. Anyone interested in vaccines and vaccination will find a wealth of interesting and helpful information.

Resource For Parents!
Immunizations and Developmental Milestones for your Child from Birth Through 6 Years Old is a flyer on which you can keep track of the immunizations your child needs and also developmental milestones you see as he or she grows (such as smiling, talking, walking, etc.). This free tool is produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Download it by clicking here.

Immunization Video PSA (click to play)!

Vaccines.gov: Consumer-Based Immunization Information Website!
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services hosts an innovative website to help parents and other consumers learn about the most effective way to protect themselves and their children from infectious diseases and learn about immunization. Vaccines.gov brings together the best in federal resources on vaccine and immunizations to provide consumers with easy-to-understand health information specifically for their needs.


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Did You Know?
One in three people in the US will develop shingles in their lifetime. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that adults age 50 or older should get the new shingles vaccine. For more information, please see the CDC's Shingles Vaccination web page.


Personal Belief No Longer Allowed for Vaccination Opt-Out
Click here to view a County News Center video about the immunization exemption law, SB277, which went into effect in 2017.

Meningococcal Disease and Vaccine: What You Should Know
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Video: How do vaccines work?
Please click here (and scroll down when the web page appears) to see a video on how vaccines help protect people from diseases. The video was produced by students at Carrington College. The video is part of an interesting and informative website called Everything You Need To Know About Vaccines, also produced by the students.


Three immunization clinics offer online immunization appointments

Make Sure You Understand the Risks of Not Vaccinating Your Child
This decision involves risks. Learn more by reading this flyer.


Vaccines: The Safest Thing in Medicine: Have you ever wondered where vaccines come from?
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Free Text4Baby Program Texts Health Messages To Pregnant Women
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What Better Way To Spend The Day Than Preventing Disease?
Click here for an article and video about vaccine effectiveness and safety.