Childhood Immunization Program
Disease prevention is the key to public health. People who are immunized protect themselves, their families, and the community!
The Board of Supervisors has proclaimed August Immunization Awareness Month in Fairfax County. Vaccinations are available through your health care provider and the Fairfax County Health Department clinics.
Health Department clinics are providing extended hours in August and September for FREE back-to-school immunizations.
The recent County Immunization audit indicates that 20% of two year olds in Fairfax County are inadequately or inappropriately immunized against preventable childhood diseases. The most common vaccine missed is the fourth dose of DtaP (diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis ) due between 15 and 18 months of age. The second vaccine likely to be missed is the MMR vaccine (measles, mumps, rubella) due after the child's first birthday.
The Immunization Project presents the "It's Wise to Immunize " puppet show at Fairfax County Public Libraries. This program is designed for mothers and their infants, toddlers and preschoolers to learn about the importance of immunizing and to soothe some of the children's fears of getting a shot. If you belong to a mother's group or deal with toddlers and their parents in a group setting and are interested in the immunization puppet show at your organization in Fairfax County call 703- 246-8648. For more information about the National Immunization Project, please visit the Centers for Disease Web site.