The Rockland County Department of Health's Immunization Program is here to help you and your family get the immunizations (shots, vaccines) you need to protect yourself and others from serious diseases and infections. We also are here to help you find reliable information on vaccines and immunizations. Our goal is to help reduce the likelihood of vaccine-preventable diseases by making sure everyone receives the vaccines they need.
Getting your needed shots on a timely basis is important for everyone, from infants to older adults
If you're a parent, the New York State Department of Health, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and the American Academy of Pediatrics all recommend that you keep your children up-to-date with the recommended vaccination schedule. It's also important for adults to be sure that they've received all the vaccinations recommended for adults.
The Health Department offers many clinics where residents of all ages can get their shots
We offer a wide variety of immunizations, including the HPV vaccine, vaccines to prevent measles, mumps, and rubella, and the flu vaccine.
Certain groups of people may need special vaccinations
For example, first-year college students living in dorms should be immunized against meningitis. Travelers going abroad to foreign countries where diseases that aren't common in the United States exist, such as typhoid fever and yellow fever, may need additional vaccines before their trips. Measles, rubella, mumps and polio also may be a risk during foreign travel.
Need help paying for your children's vaccines?
A program called Vaccines for Children (VFC) provides free vaccines for eligible children, from birth to age 18. For more information about the VFC program or childhood vaccines, call the Health Department at (845) 364-2662, or visit the American Academy of Pediatrics website.
For Health Care Providers:
New York State's Immunization Registry Law requires health care providers to report all immunizations administered to persons less than 19 years of age, along with the person's immunization histories, to the New York State Department of Health using the New York State Immunization Information System (NYSIIS). The goal is to establish a complete, accurate, secure, real-time immunization medical record that is easily accessible and promotes public health by fully immunizing all individuals appropriate to age and risk. For more information visit: https://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/immunization/information_system/
- New York State Department of Health Bureau of Immunization July 7, 2016 Informational Message to Health Care Providers and Local Health Departments: Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine (Flu Nasal Spray) Not Recommended For 2016-17 Flu Season
- CDC/ACIP June 22, 2016 Press Release about FLUMIST CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) today voted that live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), also known as the "nasal spray" flu vaccine, should not be used during the 2016-2017 flu season.
- Meningococcal Vaccine School Requirement (new requirement for the 2016-2017 school year)
- Parents: All kids entering 7th and 12th grade must have the meningococcal vaccine. Without it, they can't start school.
- Vaccines: FDA Guide Tells You What You Need to Know
- Learn about the Campaign to IMMUNYZE all New Yorkers!
- A measles outbreak that began in California spread to several states, including New York. There are no confirmed cases in Rockland County. Click here for more information about the measles virus and the importance of being vaccinated.
- Use of 13-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine and 23-Valent Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine Among Adults Aged ≥65 Years: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)