Vaccines offer safe and effective protection from infectious diseases. By staying up-to-date on the recommended vaccines, individuals can protect themselves, their families and friends and their communities from serious, life-threatening infections.
Vaccines have eradicated smallpox, eliminated wild poliovirus in the U.S. and significantly reduced the number of cases of measles, diphtheria, rubella, pertussis and other diseases. Immunization is one of the most significant public health achievements of the 20th century.
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Getting immunized is a lifelong, life-protecting community effort regardless of age, sex, race, ethnic background or country of origin. Recommended vaccinations begin soon after birth and continue throughout life.
Madison County Health Department can assist you in understanding what vaccinations are recommended and at what age for infants, children, adolescents, adults of all ages, and seniors.
Because children are particularly vulnerable to infection, most vaccines are given during the first five to six years of life.
Other immunizations are recommended during adolescent or adult years and, for certain vaccines, booster immunization are recommended throughout life.
Vaccines against certain diseases that may be encountered when traveling outside of the U.S. are recommended for travelers to specific regions of the world.