Immunization Awareness Month in Fairfax County
The diseases that vaccines prevent can be dangerous, or even deadly. Vaccines reduce the risk of infection by working with the body's natural defenses to help it safely develop immunity to disease.
The Board of Supervisors has proclaimed August Immunization Awareness Month in Fairfax County. Protect yourself and your community. Make sure your family's immunizations are up-to-date. Vaccines are proven to be safe and effective.
Where do you go to get vaccinated? Vaccinations are available through your health care provider and the Fairfax County Health Department clinics.
What Vaccines Do I Need?
We all need vaccines to help protect us from serious diseases and illness. Talk to your health care provider and review the following information:
- What Vaccines Do YOU Need? Find out with this quiz.
- Fight the Flu: Everyone over age 6 months needs a flu vaccine every year.
- Infants and Children: Find out which vaccines kids need, from birth to age 18.
- Adults Need Vaccines, Too: Find out about vaccines important for adults.
- Traveling Overseas? Immunizations for foreign travel are available at the Joseph Willard Health Center and Mt. Vernon District Office.
- Free Pertussis Vaccine: The Health Department is offering free Tdap vaccine to people aged 19 and older to help stop the spread of whooping cough (pertussis).
- Find your child's immunization records.
- Polio, Hepatitis, Measles: What a world without vaccines would look like.
- How do vaccines prevent diseases?
Information For Parents
Learn more about the importance of childhood immunizations in this video.
Health Department clinics are providing extended hours in August and September for FREE back-to-school immunizations.
- Questions about infant and child immunizations? Watch this video and get answers from a CDC doctor.
- Also, visit the CDC's website for parents for more information.
- The life spans of Americans have increased by more than thirty years in large part because of vaccines.
- A child born today can be protected against 17 diseases and conditions. A child born in 1995 was protected against only nine.
- Globally, vaccination saves two to three million lives per year.