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Immunizations and Vaccines

Welcome to the Santa Cruz County Immunizations and Vaccines webpage! This page contains information on vaccines for the general public, healthcare providers, schools and child care providers. On this page you will find resources on where to get vaccinated, health advisories for vaccine-preventable disease, recommended vaccines by age, and more. This information has been broken down into the following sub-pages:  

 

Commonly Used Terms/What is It?
  • Immunity: Protection from an infectious disease.  If you are immune to a disease, you can be exposed to it without becoming infected.
  • Vaccine: A preparation that is used to stimulate the body’s immune response against diseases. Vaccines are usually administered through needle injections, but some can be administered by mouth or sprayed into the nose.
    • The California Code of Regulations Title 17, Division 1, Chapter 4, Article 1. Section (M) states: For purposes of this Article, “vaccine” means an immunization administered in the United States of America or other countries that is recommended by the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for the prevention of the respective diseases identified in section 120335 of the Health and Safety Code.
  • Vaccination: The act of introducing a vaccine into the body to produce protection from a specific disease.
  • Immunization: A process by which a person becomes protected against a disease through vaccination. This term is often used interchangeable with vaccination or inoculation.
  • Community Immunity: Immunity that occurs when people are protected by those around them. This type of protection is indirect in that it does not involve physical components of immunity, such as antibodies, but rather results when a pathogen is less likely to infect a susceptible person because of the high numbers of protected people around them. 
Travel Immunizations

Protect yourself and your family when travelling in the United States and abroad by getting all the required vaccinations for travel in other countries, making sure you are up to date on routine U.S. immunizations, and staying informed about any travel notices and alerts.

For more information about Travel Immunizations, visit the CDC’s Travel Immunization website.

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Visit the Santa Cruz County COVID-19 Vaccine Page for up to date information on the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Flu shots are the best protection against the flu

Getting a flu vaccine is an easy step to protect yourself and your community.

To learn more and find out where you can get your flu vaccine, visit the California Department of Public Health’s Flu page.

Contact Us

For general inquiries related to Immunizations in Santa Cruz County, please contact us

Vaccine News and Health Advisories

CDPH Health Advisory: Recommendation for Meningococcal Vaccine (MenACWY) for Men who have Sex with Men (MSM)—Florida Meningococcal Outbreak—June 6, 2022 

CDC Monkeypox Response: Transmission - June 9, 2022 

Santa Cruz County Monkeypox webpage

Public Health Immunization Trainings and Resources 

The Public Health Immunizations Unit provides trainings and resources to many stakeholders in Santa Cruz County. Below are some examples of trainings and resources the Immunization Unit can provide:

Promoting an Immunization-Forward Practice Training 

Immunization communications materials for parents and guardians 

School and Child Care Required Immunizations Tracking and Reporting Training 

Clinical Immunizations Skills Training 

If you are interested in training or learning more about immunization resources please email us