Vaccines and Immunizations
Vaccines are one of our most important tools for preventing the spread of disease. The health department’s immunization program wants to make sure every adult and child receives the vaccines they need. This information has been gathered to help you learn more about our program. Please call your local health department for questions about vaccine availability and cost.
Health department vaccines and immunizations are available by appointment only!
Vaccines work with your body to strengthen the immune system and build up immunity to disease and infections. By imitating infections, the immune system can develop the same response it would to a real infection, without making an individual sick. This allows the body to fight the vaccine-prevented disease in the future and protects from the continued spreading of disease.
School Required Vaccines
Is your child up to date with their school required vaccines? There is a required list of immunizations for schools and day cares. Your health department is able to work with you to make sure the necessary vaccines are given and documented for your child. Many of the required vaccines for school-aged children can be obtained free of charge. Contact your local health department to learn more about our vaccines for children program!
In addition to your local health department, your primary care provider may be able to provide school required vaccines for your child. Below are the current health department offerings, available by appointment only:
Harrisonburg-Rockingham School Immunization Clinics:
- Wednesdays from 12:30 – 3:45 p.m.
- Thursdays from 8:15 – 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 – 3:45 p.m.
Staunton-Augusta School Immunization Clinics
- First and Third Mondays from 8:15 – 10:45 a.m.
- Second and Fourth Thursdays from 8:15 – 11:30 a.m. and 12:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Lexington-Rockbridge School Immunization Clinics
- First and third Thursdays by appointment only.
Bath & Highland Counties School Immunization Clinics
- By appointment only.
Many people travel to other countries for work, school, or vacation. There are routine, recommended, and required vaccines depending on where you will be traveling. Your health department can help provide you with information and recommendations 4 to 6 months before your trip as well as get you the vaccines you need. More information can be found on the CDC’s Travelers’ Health webpage.
Clinics are available at the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Health Department! Call HRHD directly, or your local health department office, to make an appointment.
Impact of Vaccinations
Vaccinations help diseases become rare. Diseases like polio and diphtheria are becoming rare in the US because they are continuously vaccinated against. As long as people continue to vaccinate, other diseases should follow this trend. If we stop vaccinating, diseases that once had a low incidence rate will increase, resulting in more people with the disease. Ensuring that you and your family are properly vaccinated protects you now and in the future. Vaccinations help children grow into strong individuals free of preventable disease and ensure the best life possible. There is value investing in vaccines.
- VDH School Required Immunizations
- CDC Vaccines & Immunizations
- Immunization Schedule
- VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) – Report an adverse reaction to a vaccine
- CDC Travel Notices
- Vaccinate Your Family Website