Citrus County Health Department
Vaccine Info for Parents
Vaccines help to teach our bodies how to react to and stop a particular infection before it can cause serious or deadly health problems. They work like a practice run for a real infection without the risks of getting sick.
Vaccines are one of the greatest successes of the 20th century, making vaccine preventable diseases much less common than they were in the past. However, these diseases are still around and can make people in our community sick. By being protected by vaccines, people are less likely to get sick and pass the illness to those who can't be vaccinated. This creates a wall of protection in our community around those who are too young for certain vaccines, the elderly, and those with immune systems that do not work as well.
Children get vaccines early in life to build up their vulnerable immune systems against germs that could cause them serious harm. Common childhood vaccines provide protection against:
- Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
- Cancers causeed by Human Papillmavirus
- Varicella ( chicken pox)
- Haemophilus (HIB)
- Hepatitis B
- Pneumococcal Infection
To see what vaccines your child might need as they get older, check out the latest CDC recommended childhood vaccine schedules.
Adults also need vaccines to maintain the immunity from some childhood vaccines. Common adult vaccines include tetanus, flu, pneumonia, and meningitis. To see what vaccines you might need as an adult, check out the latest CDC recommended vaccine schedule for adults (PDF; 151KB).
We provide the full range of child and adult immunizations. We accept Medicaid and we participate in a program that can provide low or no cost vaccines to those without insurance or whose insurance does not cover the cost of vaccines. Please call 352-527-0247 to make an appointment.
What to bring with you:
- Government-issued ID
- Birth certificates of children receiving vaccines
- Immunization and travel records
Please let our clinic staff know if you are pregnant, have an allergy of any kind, or if you have any other severe health conditions.