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Immunization Information
Disease prevention is the key to public health. The Snohomish Health District encourages the public to get vaccinated, and we work with medical providers 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.
Community Immunity: In addition to protecting the person who gets vaccinated, high immunization rates in a community also provide protection for those who cannot be vaccinated because of age, weakened immune systems, or other reasons.
Vaccine Recommendations vary by age, health condition and reaction to past vaccines. See the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) immunization schedules or their interactive tool based on birth date.
Travel vaccinations: 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 Clinic page.
Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) are information sheets explaining the benefits and risks of individual vaccines. They are available from the CDC in multiple languages.
Childhood Vaccines
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.
To attend school or licensed child care in Washington State, each child must have proof of immunization per the Washington Department of Health requirements.
An exemption for medical, personal or religious reasons can be requested.
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
School Requirements
Parent Resources



Last Reviewed and updated 6/18/2012