Vaccine-preventable diseases are at an all time low, saving untold numbers of lives and millions of dollars in health care costs in Missouri, but this doesn’t mean they have disappeared.  Many viruses and bacteria are still circulating and are simply one vacation away, whether going to a foreign country or another state.  This is why it is important for all people, young and old, to receive all recommended immunizations on time.

People must receive immunizations before vaccines can work.  For instance, Missouri has not had a case of diphtheria in over 28 years, yet influenza and pneumonia are still the eighth leading cause of death in the state; all three diseases are preventable.   Missouri’s immunization program is working with public and private health care providers to immunize all of Missouri’s citizens.   An important part of this effort is to assure that immunizations are available to those who have no way to pay for them, including children and adolescents through the Vaccines for Children Program, and adults.

An excellent website for immunizations has been created by the Department of Health & Human Services. It can be found by clicking here.

For recommended immunizations for children ages 0-6 years of age, click http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/downloads/parent-ver-sch-0-6yrs.pdf

For recommended immunizations for children ages 7-18 years of age, click http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/who/teens/downloads/parent-version-schedule-7-18yrs.pdf

For recommended immunizations for adults, click http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/downloads/adult/adult-schedule-easy-read.pdf

To learn more about vaccines & preventable diseases, click http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/default.htm

For answers to frequently asked questions about vaccinations, please click http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/default.htm

Traveling & Needing Vaccinations?

For traveling to out-of-country destinations, travelers may be required to obtain vaccinations to diseases seen in the areas you will be traveling to. Obtaining information can be difficult as well as clinics that stock those vaccines. For further help in determining what immunizations you may need, click http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/content/vaccinations.aspx.

Travel Warnings/Notices can be found at http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/notices.aspx

For immunization appointments, or questions, please call (573) 648-2498 ext 22.