Pennsylvania NEWS

Dept. of Health Reminds Pennsylvanians of the Importance of Vaccinations

The Department of Health encourages all Pennsylvanians to protect themselves by getting immunized against several serious illnesses that can be life-threatening, such as measles, hepatitis and whooping cough (pertussis).
“It is essential that not only children are up-to-date on immunizations, but that adults are up-to-date on their immunizations as well,” Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Vaccines are the best way to protect yourself from a number of serious diseases. Getting your vaccinations can help protect others, such as those with compromised immune systems, who cannot get vaccinated."

Vaccines are necessary to protect infants, children and teens from serious childhood diseases. Even if you or your child have not previously been vaccinated, you can get vaccinated now. Vaccine-preventable diseases can be very dangerous, may require hospitalization and can even result in death. A discussion with your doctor or your child’s doctor can help determine which vaccines are needed.

In 2017, the provisional period in which students could attend school without their vaccinations was reduced from eight months to five days. Staying up-to-date with immunizations provides the best protection against disease.

Vaccines are recommended for adults to prevent serious diseases such as hepatitis, influenza (flu), pneumonia, shingles and whooping cough. Other vaccine recommendations vary based on age, lifestyle, medical conditions, occupation, past vaccinations and travel destinations.

Visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health's website to learn more.