Facts and resources for immunizations

An immunization is a vaccine, sometimes called a shot or a set of shots. Vaccines are given to children at different ages to help keep them from developing dangerous childhood diseases such as polio, measles, pertussis, chickenpox and tetanus. They work by causing a persons body to protect itself against certain disease-causing germs. One of the greatest success stories in public health is how effective vaccines are in preventing disease.

Who is eligible for vaccinations?

Children (0-18 years) living in suburban Cook County who are in one of the following categories:

  • Enrolled in Medicaid
  • Uninsured
  • Native American or Alaskan Indian
  • Under-insured (health insurance does not pay for vaccination)

What vaccinations are available?

CCDPH provides immunizations covering the following vaccines:

  • DTaP (Diphtheria, tetanus, acelluar pertussis)
  • DTaP-Hep B- IPV
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hib (Heamophilus influenza type B)
  • Polio
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
  • Td/Tdap (Tetanus diphtheria booster/ Tetanus diphtheria acellular pertussis booster)
  • PCV (Pneumococcal Conjugate )
  • Rotavirus
  • Varicella (Chickenpox)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Influenza
  • MCV (Meningococcal Conjugate)
  • HPV (Human Papilloma Virus)
13 major diseases can be prevented with vaccines

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