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This section offers you information on immunizations
for all ages from babies to senior

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National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), was April 16 through 23, and is followed by Toddler Immunization Month (TIM) in May. These observances are celebrated each year to remind everyone of the importance of routine immunizations for children from birth to 2 years of age. To learn more and to view and download a wealth of immunization awareness resources, visit our NIIW/TIM Web page.

Local influenza activity continues and more flu deaths have been reported (see this link to the San Diego County News Center story). Learn about how to protect your health and the health of family, friends and those around you. Check out our Flu Information Page.

For information about the new law, please visit the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) ShotsforSchool website. Additional information from CDPH about the implementation of the law is expected in the coming months.

Immunizations For San Diego Kids Project
three-year program aims to help improve the rate of childhood immunization in San Diego County (and decrease personal belief exemptions to immunization requirements) through several strategies, including creating focus-group tested immunization education tools, implementing physician training, implementing an immunization reminder recall program, encouraging the use of the San Diego Immunization Registry and exploring the use of social media.

The project is a partnership of Rady Children’s Hospital, Children’s Physician Medical Group, Children’s Primary Care Medical Group, the local chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and First 5 San Diego.

For more information, please visit the program website at www.whyimmunizekids.org. You can also contact Phyllis Hartigan, Program Consultant at Phartigan@rchsd.org.

Are You Up for the Challenge?
This fun and informative vaccine trivia game from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Education Center offers a way to learn about vaccines.
Choose from 4 categories (historical/ famous figures, safety, vaccines and diseases) and answer 10 randomly selected questions from the chosen category. Click here to get started.

Protect Your Health! Wash Your Hands!
Frequent handwashing is one of the best ways of protecting yourself against the flu and other contagious diseases. Handwashing can also help control the spread of contagious diseases like flu. Use plenty of soap and water to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. If you don't have soap and water, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol). To learn more, visit the CDC's Handwashing website.

Hand hygiene saves lives

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 and download 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.

Meningococcal Disease and Vaccine: What You Should Know
What is it?
Meningococcal disease is a serious illness caused by bacteria that can infect the blood or areas around the brain and spinal cord. Infection can lead to brain damage, disability and rapid death.

What are the symptoms?
Symptoms may include fever, intense headache, lethargy, stiff neck, and a rash that does not blanch under pressure. Anyone with potential exposure who develops any of these symptoms should immediately contact a healthcare provider or emergency room for evaluation of possible meningococcal disease.

How is it spread?
The bacteria can be spread through close contact, such as sharing drinking glasses, eating utensils, cigarettes, or water bottles. They can also be spread by kissing, smoking and living in close quarters. The time between exposure to the disease and the onset of symptoms can be between two to 10 days. Individuals who had close contact with someone who is infected should receive antibiotics to prevent any possible infection. Preventive antibiotics are not recommended for people who were not in close contact with an infected person, but they should be aware of possible symptoms and make sure they have received the recommended vaccination against the disease.

How do you prevent it?
There are two types of vaccine, MCV4 and MPSV4, that protect against most, but not all, types of Nisseria Meningitidis, a bacteria that can cause meningococcal meningitis. MCV4 is routinely recommended for children and adolescents 11-18 years of age, with an initial dose recommended at age 11-12 and a booster at age 16. People ages 19-21 years who are first-year college students living in a residence hall are also recommended to receive this vaccine if their previous dose was given younger than 16 years of age.

Where can I get more information?
Your doctor or regular source of medical care is your best source of health information. Additional information for the public and health care providers on Meningococcal Disease, as well as the vaccine that protects against most types of the disease, can be found on the CDC's website here.

Random Digit Dialing Telephone Surveys (RDD)
The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency's Immunization Branch 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. 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 Heidi deGuzman, Program Chief, at 866-358-2966.

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.

See the Pertussis Booster Video PSA:

Pertussis Booster Video PSA:     English   Spanish

The pertussis vaccination school entry law went into effect July 1, 2011 and requires all 7th through 12th graders-in public and private schools-to show proof of having received the pertussis booster shot, or Tdap, in order to enroll in school.

The requirement impacted about 230,000 local students; more than half had not received the vaccine when schools districts increased their efforts to identity those that have not received the booster shot.

In addition to the special clinics organized by HHSA, parents can also get the vaccine from their primary care physician, community clinic or retail pharmacy. 

Text4Baby Program Texts Health Messages To Pregnant Women
San Diego county is the first county in the country to be implementing a customized version of the free Text4baby program. Women who sign up for Text4baby with a San Diego zip code will receive information about local services rather than being directed to national services or 800 numbers for national programs. Health information texts cover immunizations, nutrition Etc. To register today by sending a text to BABY (511411) or BEBE for Spanish, or visit www.Text4baby.org to learn more!

Vaccines.gov: Consumer-Based Immunization Information Website!
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has 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

CDC Catch-Up Scheduler
Online "Catch-up Immunization Scheduler for Children Six Years and Younger" more...

Tips for Finding Old Immunization Records


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Make Sure You Understand the Risks of Not Vaccinating Your Child
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AB2109 Personal Belief Exemption Law Information & Resources Available NOW!
This new California law modifies the process for obtaining exemptions to student immunizations based on personal belief. Click here for more...

Live Well! Get Immunized!
Click on this link to see a video about the importance of immunizations in maintaining good health.

Vaccine Quiz For Adolescents and Adults
Certain vaccines are recommended for adolescents and adults. Which ones do you need? Take this quiz and find out!


What Better Way To Spend The Day Than Preventing Disease?
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