National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of immunizations across the life span, from infants to the elderly.
Immunization is one of the most significant public health achievements of the 20th century. 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.
But despite these efforts, today tens of thousands of people in the U.S. still die from these and other vaccine-preventable diseases. Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. They not only help protect vaccinated individuals, but also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases.
Vaccines not only prevent disease, they reduce the costs associated with missed time from work, doctor visits, and hospitalizations. 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.
People of all ages need vaccines
Getting vaccinated is important for people of all ages. Here’s some information about vaccines that people need throughout their lives:
- Parents can protect infants and children from 14 serious childhood diseases by age 2. Learn more about immunizations for infants and children.
- Preteens and teens need vaccines too! Getting adolescents vaccinated will also protect their friends and their family members. Find out about the vaccines preteens and teens need.
- Adults: not sure if your immunization schedule is up-to date? Take this online quiz to see which vaccines you need, and use the Vaccine Finder tool below to find a location near you where you can access vaccines.
- Seniors may need one or more vaccines, even if they received vaccines as a child or as a younger adult. Find more information about vaccines for seniors here.
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Vaccinations in Houston
Houston Health Department
has moved to the Sharpstown location as of July 1, 2016. North Stadium location: immunizations for adults and/or foreign travel are available at 8000 North Stadium Drive, Houston, TX 77054 Phone: 832.393.5427.
Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Open Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed every second Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sharpstown location: 6201 Bonhomme (South Tower, 3rd floor), Houston, Texas 77036 Phone: 832.395.9800 Closed every second Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hours of operation: Monday—Thursday 8:00 am-12 Noon; 1-4 pm Friday 7:30 am– 11 am This is a walk in service; first come first served
The federal Centers for Disease Control has a web site on what immunizations are currently required for travel to specific countries. Click here for the Traveler's Health Page. There also is a toll-free number to contact Traveler's Health at 800.232.4636.
*Prices are subject to change based on actual vaccine cost to HDHHS
Childhood/Adolescent Immunizations Information
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