Pennsylvania NEWS

Secretary of Health Emphasizes the Importance of Vaccines

At a recent Department of Health Immunizations Conference, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine emphasized the importance of vaccinations. Vaccines protect against a number of serious conditions that can be life-threatening, such as measles, mumps and hepatitis.
It is essential that all Pennsylvanians, from infants to elder adults, are up to date on all recommended immunizations,” Dr. Levine said. “Vaccines are a safe and effective way to protect yourself from a number of serious, life-threatening diseases. Getting your vaccinations can help protect those around you, such as those with compromised immune systems who cannot get vaccinated.” 

Vaccines are needed 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. 

Additionally, 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 PA Department of Health's website to learn more.