Through vaccinations, health care professionals have reduced, and in some cases eliminated, the threat from many diseases that killed or severely disabled people generations ago.
However, even if just a few cases of these diseases exist worldwide, we need regular vaccinations to continue receiving the protection they provide and keep them from widespread recurrence. To preserve our safety now and in the future, it’s important to be fully immunized and to keep your shot record up to date.
Five Important Reasons to Vaccinate
Immunizations can save lives - Many preventable diseases that injured or killed thousands have been eliminated or are close to extinction through safe and effective vaccines.
Vaccinations are safe and effective- Vaccines are only given after long and careful review by scientists, doctors and other medical professionals.
Immunizations also protect others in our community - While vaccines are effective, not everyone in our community can receive them due to a variety of reasons. If a large number of those who can be vaccinated are fully immunized, this helps to prevent the spread of preventable diseases to others.
Immunizations save time and money - Getting vaccinated is a good investment. Children who are not up-to-date on their vaccinations can be denied attendance at schools and day-cares. Additionally, treatment, absences and prolonged disabilities caused by preventable disease can take a financial toll in the form of lost work, medical bills and long-term care.
Immunizations protect our future - Vaccinations have eliminated many diseases that were prevalent just a few generations ago. By eliminating and diminishing diseases worldwide through immunizations, those in the future will no longer have to worry about their devastating effects.
Titer Screening Services
Many contagious diseases have been managed by childhood vaccination efforts, but several of them — including measles, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough) and varicella (chickenpox) — have resurfaced across the nation as immunity levels decrease. To help individuals know if they are immune or require a booster for these preventable diseases, the Division of Health Services offers titer screening services.