Released: May 18, 2023
The Delaware County Health Department encourages residents of all ages to reduce their health risks by getting immunized.
Infants and young children are often at higher risk of developing serious health problems if they do not get recommended vaccines-children in childcare and school are highly likely to be exposed to vaccine-preventable diseases. Parents and caregivers should make sure infants, children, and teens get all recommended immunizations on time.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health requires certain immunizations for children and teens of all grade levels for attendance at schools in Pennsylvania.
The importance of immunizations does not end with childhood. All adults should be aware that protection from some immunizations received during childhood may wear off over time, leaving them vulnerable to diseases.
Each year, thousands of adults in the U. S. suffer serious health problems, are hospitalized, or even die from diseases that could be prevented by vaccines, including influenza, whooping cough, certain bacterial infections, hepatitis A and B, shingles and even some cancers such as cervical cancer and liver cancer. Some adults, including older adults and those who have chronic health conditions, may be at higher risk for serious complications from some vaccine-preventable diseases.
Additionally, adults may be recommended for certain vaccines due to their age, job, hobbies, travel, or health condition, and additional vaccines may be recommended for adults who did not get certain vaccines as children.
Regardless of age, the Delaware County Health Department advises residents to be up to date with all vaccinations.
Learn more about the DCHD immunization clinic schedule at www.delcopa.gov/health/clinicalservices.html and you’re invited to watch this short but informative video to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_OoRFF25Iw&list=PLq-wXg_OVLp9s8ebBS6p121v4LYAAQTsX&index=3