Throughout the day you accumulate germs on your hands from a variety of sources including:
- Caring for Babies and Animals
- Cooking Surfaces
- Opening Doors
- Rubbing Your Eyes After Working on Your Keyboard
- Shaking Hands
- Wiping Your Nose
Immunizations have proven to be the most effective way to stop the spread of disease. Here in Maricopa County your child from 0-18 years is encouraged to receive childhood immunizations from either his/her health care provider or from one of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health childhood immunization clinics. Visit our Immunization page to learn where you can obtain free immunizations for your child, today!
Diseases Are Becoming Rare Due to Vaccinations
The Centers for Diesease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains why vaccinations are an effective tool in preventing the spread of preventable diseases: "It's true; some diseases (like polio and diphtheria) are becoming very rare in the U.S. Of course, they are becoming rare largely because we have been vaccinating against them. But it is still reasonable to ask whether it's really worthwhile to keep vaccinating.
It's much like bailing out a boat with a slow leak. When we started bailing, the boat was filled with water. But we have been bailing fast and hard, and now it is almost dry. We could say, "Good. The boat is dry now, so we can throw away the bucket and relax." But the leak hasn't stopped. Before long we'd notice a little water seeping in, and soon it might be back up to the same level as when we started." To read further about could happen if we stopped vaccinating against disease, visit the CDC website.
Concerned About Vaccine Safety?
For more information about the effectiveness, importance and types of childhood immunizations available to your children, please visit the CDC or NIP website or call the CDC at 800-CDC-INFO (English and Spanish), or 1-888-232-6348 (TTY).
Children & Adults
Contrary to popular belief, vaccinations are not just for children. Both children and adults should be current with recommended vaccinations against highly preventable illness and disease.
Our Immunization page provides a recommended vaccine schedule for children, as well as information on where to obtain vaccinations if you are unable to access your medical provider of choice.
To find a location close to you for immunizations for your child or children, please visit the Arizona Partnership for Immunization website for further information and reading about immunization efficacy and vaccine preventable diseases. In addition to how this ongoing, successful, public health service has contributed to the health of our community.
The CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) have recommendations for the following age groups.
- Recommended Immunizations for Adults
- Recommended Immunizations for Children Age 0-18 Years
- Recommended Immunizations for Specific for Teens and College Students