We need immunizations (also called shots or vaccines) throughout our lives to help us stay healthy. Babies and young children need the largest number of immunizations, but older children, teens and adults also need immunizations.
Philadelphia has one of the highest childhood vaccine coverage rates in the country. This is another way of saying that parents and doctors do a great job making sure that children in Philadelphia get the immunizations they need when they need them.
Vaccines are one of the safest and most effective developments of modern medicine. Vaccines are used to prevent many diseases, and it is important for everyone to continue to get all the vaccines they need to make sure our communities are protected from those diseases.
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health offers many immunization services for Philadelphia—read more about them below.