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Information for the public: vaccine-preventable diseases still exist

One of greatest challenges facing infant immunizations in Utah is the perception that vaccine-preventable diseases do not present a significant threat and there is no reason to immunize children. But, it is a fact that many children in our communities are not fully immunized and remain at risk for vaccine-preventable diseases.

Often when children are not immunized, epidemics of disease can recur. For example, over 1,500 pertussis (whooping cough) cases were reported in Utah in 2012. Many of these cases occurred in children and adolescents.

Children need immunizations in the first two years of life to protect them against disease, disability, and even death. And immunizations should continue into adolescence and adulthood to provide adequate protection.

Make sure your family is up to date on all their immunizations. Call your healthcare provider or the Immunization Hotline at 1-800-275-0659 to find out what vaccines your family may need.

Parent Education

Vaccine-preventable disease levels are at or near record lows due in large part to immunization.

Immunization recommendation

We all want our children to grow up healthy and remain healthy throughout life.

Early childhood immunization

Vaccines have saved millions of lives over the years and prevented hundreds of millions of cases of disease.

Adolescent Immunization

There are many people between the ages of 11-18 who are at risk of getting serious diseases including measles, tetanus, hepatitis B, hepatitis A and chickenpox.

Adult immunization

Immunizations aren’t just for kids. All adults need immunizations to help protect them against serious diseases.

Utah statistics

Get immunization information about Utah residents across the lifespan, including children, adolescents and adults.

HPV

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a virus that infects the skin, genital area and lining of the cervix.

Influenza

Flu viruses are spread through droplets that are created when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk.

Immunization Partners

In response to the 1989-1991 measles epidemic that resulted in 55,000 reported cases and 150 deaths, Former First Lady of the United States Rosalynn Carter and Former First Lady of Arkansas Betty Bumpers have focused efforts on reducing infant mortality through timely immunization.

Immunization services

Whether you are a school-aged child, missionary, international traveler, or just want to stay current on your vaccines, immunizations are important.

Vaccine safety

Almost all vaccines can cause symptoms such as pain, redness or tenderness at the site of injection.

Travel vaccine

Vaccine needs vary considerably from country to country, but the best place to start is with the recommended vaccine schedules for children and adults.