When and Why Get Vaccinated?

One of the most important ways to protect yourself and other people around you who might be too young or too sick from serious diseases and infections is by getting vaccinated on time. It is recommended for everyone from infants to senior citizens and if enough people get vaccinated, we can continue to prevent the outbreak of now-rare vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles.


Vaccines teach your body’s immune system to recognize infections so it can fight them off in the future. This video from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) Bureau of Immunization helps explain how vaccines work with your immune system to keep you from getting sick:

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) Bureau of Immunization has an incredible amount of information to help you find reliable information on vaccines and immunization. Their mission is to reduce illnesses, complications and deaths from vaccine-preventable diseases in New Yorkers of all ages!



Check out this list for the New York State recommended childhood and adolescent immunization schedule:















Check out this list for the adult immunization schedule:




















If you have a question about vaccines and you live in the five boroughs of New York City – Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens or Staten Island – please call the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Immunization Hotline at 347-396-2400 or visit their website for more information as well as a breakdown of various infectious disease pathogens. This information was sourced from NYSDOH Bureau of Immunization. 

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