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​​​​Vaccine​s & Immunizations​

Vaccinations protect you, your family and your community from disease. Before vaccines, thousands of children and adults died each year. Vaccinations are the best protection against common diseases.


COVID-19 V​accine Information

Together we can stop the spread of the coronavirus. We have multiple ways that you can get the COVID-19 vaccine. Click here to learn more.

Who Should Be Vaccinated & When

​​At any age you or your family member may be at risk for vaccine-preventab​le diseases​

 

Vaccine Preventable Diseases​​

 

Common Questions about Immunizations

 
  • Are vaccines safe?

    Modern vaccines are very safe. They must pass rigorous safety studies before approval, and there are ongoing studies to identify any new problems. Marshfield Clinic Health System is a leader in vaccine safety and effectiveness research.​​​


    Why does my baby have to have so many shots?

    Childhood diseases can have serious consequences for your baby so it’s best to begin their protection at the earliest possible age.


    I don’t know anyone who has had measles so why be vaccinated?

    Where vaccination rates are high, the disease is rare, but it can and does infect unprotected people every year. In some cases, the disease causes serious illness.


    I had an influenza (flu) shot last year, why do I need one this year?

    The influenza (flu) vaccine does not provide long term protection because the virus is always mutating and the body’s immune response weakens over time.​ The annual flu shot provides protection against the most common strains of flu virus each year.

  • I’m pregnant, what vaccinations should I get?

    Tdap (whooping cough) and the influenza (flu) shot are routinely recommended for all pregnant women. It also recommended to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor about any questions before getting vaccinated.​​​​​


    Any specific vaccinations for people 50 years or older?

    Doctors recommend these vaccinations: the annual flu shot, pneumococcal vaccines (age 65+), COVID-19 vaccine and zoster (shingles) vaccine (age 50+).


    We’re vacationing overseas, do we need additional vaccinations?

    You might—it depends on your destination. Contact 1-844-CAREMYWAY to be connected with one of our travel medicine nurse practitioners or visitwww.cdc.gov/travel.


    Why vaccinate my preteen for HPV when she’s not sexually active?

    The HPV works best in pre-teens to build a strong immunity against future exposure. 

  • What is the truth about dangerous vaccine side effects?

    Vaccines can sometimes cause mild side effects like soreness or fever, but serious side effects are very rare. There is a great deal of misinformation about vaccines on the Internet. Talk to your doctor or for accurate online information visit:www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/concerns/​


    My son is going to college soon, what vaccinations does he need?

    Your child should be up to date on all adolescent vaccinations, including the meningitis vaccine, HPV vaccine and Tdap vaccine. There are two meningitis vaccines - MenACWY and Men B. Talk to your doctor about these vaccines.​


    Can my doctor vaccinate my child if he is sick?

    In cases of a slight fever or cold, most likely yes. However, it’s always best to check with your doctor. In some cases, the doctor may want you to wait.​​​


    Is there any link between vaccines and autism?

    No. Scientists and researchers have studied this concern for years following a false report that said there was a link. Researchers found no link to any vaccine and autism.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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Trusted Resources

 

Vaccine information


 

Centers for Disease Control​


 

Information for Travelers