Immunization is key to preventing disease among the general population. Vaccines benefit both the people who receive them, and the vulnerable, unvaccinated people around them, because the infection can no longer spread. In addition, immunizations reduce the number of deaths and disability from infections, such as whooping cough and chickenpox.
Although children receive the majority of the vaccinations, adults also need to stay up-to-date on certain vaccinations, including tetanus and diphtheria. In addition, those adults who have never had chickenpox or measles during childhood (nor the vaccines against these specific diseases) should consider being vaccinated. Childhood illnesses such as mumps, measles, and chickenpox can cause serious complications in adults.
- Vaccine Program for SCMG Members
- Vaccine Information Statements (VIS)
- 2018-2019 Flu Vaccine
- Pertussis/Whooping Cough (Dtap, Tdap)
- Shingles Q & A
- Back to School Vaccine Requirements
- CDC's Travelers' Health site
Recommended Immunization Schedules 2018
- Ages 0 months to 6 years old (PDF)
- Ages 7 to 18 years old (PDF)
- Catch-up, 4 months to 18 years old
- Adults: Summary of Recommendations (PDF)
- Children and Teens: Summary of Recommendations (PDF)
- Personalized childhood immunization scheduler
Reminder for Your Child's Immunizations
Text4baby is the first, free mobile information service designed to promote maternal and child health through text messaging.
Women who text BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411 receive three free text messages a week, timed to their due date or their baby's birth date, through pregnancy and up until the baby's first birthday. Message topics include prenatal care, immunizations and more.
- Personalized printout of your child's immunization schedule