Immunization Branch – Home
Recommended vaccines protect you and your loved ones from many different diseases including whooping cough, measles, hepatitis B, chickenpox, and influenza. Many of these illnesses are commonly thought of as childhood diseases, but may also occur in adolescent or adult years.
For more information about immunizations, talk to your doctor or call the Department of Health Immunization Branch at 586-8300. Calls from the neighbor islands are toll-free at 1-800-933-4832.
Free or low cost vaccinations are available for persons without health insurance. Talk to your doctor or call 2-1-1 for a clinic in your neighborhood.
IN THE NEWS:
Multistate Measles Outbreak Associated with Travel to Disneyland
As of January 21, 2015, the California Department of Public Health has identified 42 confirmed cases of measles in their state with epidemiologic links to either Disneyland or Disney California Adventure Park in Orange County. Additional confirmed cases have been reported in Washington, Utah, Colorado, Oregon, and Mexico, and other suspect cases are under investigation. The majority of cases in California were unvaccinated.
Measles is highly contagious but is a vaccine-preventable disease. This outbreak serves as an important reminder for everyone to keep up-to-date on their immunizations. For more information, visit: http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/home/imm/measles/.
Childhood Immunization Champion Award
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Childhood Immunization Champion Award is an annual award that recognizes individuals who make a significant contribution toward improving public health through their work in childhood immunization. Each year, a CDC Immunization Champion is selected from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Maricel Abad, R.N.