Disease prevention is the key to public health. The Snohomish Health District encourages
the public to get vaccinated, and we work with medical
to make vaccines safe and available for people of all ages.
Vaccines are responsible for the control of many infectious diseases that were once
common in this country, including polio, measles, diphtheria, rubella (German measles),
mumps, tetanus, and bacterial Haemophilus influenzae
type b (Hib). Some
diseases that can be prevented by vaccine, such as pertussis (whooping cough), persist
because not all children or adults are fully immunized.
In addition to protecting the person who gets
rates in a community also provide protection for those
who cannot be vaccinated because of age, weakened immune systems, or other reasons.
If you are planning a trip outside the United States, certain vaccines may be recommended or required depending on where you travel. Learn more on our
Vaccine Information Statements (VIS)
are information sheets explaining
the benefits and risks of individual vaccines.
They are available from the CDC
in multiple languages.
Vaccines safeguard children from many serious, and sometimes deadly, diseases by
helping their bodies acquire immunity. To ensure that all children can get immunized,
the federal Vaccines for Children (VFC) program provides free vaccines to children who
might not otherwise be immunized.
Children are eligible if they:
- Have no health insurance
- Are covered by Medicaid
- Are American Indian or Alaska Native
- Are underinsured
Washington State supplements the federal VFC program so that all children in the
state have access to childhood vaccines at no cost to their family or health care
provider. Providers may charge a small administration fee, but they do not charge
for the vaccine itself.
An exemption for medical, personal or religious reasons can be
Parents may use the Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS) to document the vaccines
that their children have received. Each school is required to report on the immunizations
of their student body to the state Department of Health