Vaccines are an important and safe way to keep you healthy. Most vaccine-preventable diseases are caused by germs that are called viruses or bacteria. Vaccines to help prevent these diseases generally contain weakened or killed viruses or bacteria specific to the disease. Vaccines help your body recognize and fight these germs and protect you each time you come in contact with someone who is sick with any of these diseases. There are a series of steps that your body goes through to develop immunity through vaccination:
First - a vaccine with weakened or killed viruses or bacteria is given by a shot (influenza vaccine may be given by a nasal spray and rotavirus vaccine is given by mouth).
Next - over the next few weeks your body makes antibodies and memory cells against the weakened or dead germs in the vaccine.
Then - the antibodies can fight the real disease if you are exposed to the disease germs and they invade your body. The antibodies will help destroy the germs so you won't get sick.
Finally - antibodies and memory cells stay on guard in your body for years after you're vaccinated to protect you from the disease. This protection is called immunity.
- Children from Birth Through 6 Years Old
- Children from 7 Through 18 Years Old
- Children Attending Day Care, Family Day Care or Group Day Care Homes in Connecticut
- Enrolled Students in Connecticut Schools (preschool through Grade 12)
- Health Assessment Record ("Blue Form" - please print on blue paper)
- College Students in Connecticut
If you have questions or feedback regarding vaccinating your child or about the CVP, contact the Connecticut Immunization Program at (860) 509-7929 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul A. Offit, MD is the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as well as the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and a Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a recipient of many awards has published more than 150 papers in medical and scientific journals in the areas of rotavirus-specific immune responses and vaccine safety. Each video in the series, currently on YouTube, is two to four minutes long and features Dr. Offit answering common vaccine-related questions such as:
Why do newborns get the hepatitis B vaccine?
Why are vaccines required before my child goes to school?
Why is the HPV vaccine given to children at 11-12 years of age?
Are vaccines safe during pregnancy?
more information or to contact the Immunization Program, please call:
860-509-7929, during normal business hours, Monday-Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm