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:

February 2015

Multistate Measles Outbreak Associated with Travel to Disneyland

As of January 30, 2015, 102 people from 14 states have been reported as having measles. Most of these cases are part of a large, ongoing outbreak linked to visits to Disneyland Resort Theme Parks in Orange County, CA. Cases associated with the California outbreak have been reported in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Mexico, and other suspect cases are under investigation. The majority of cases linked to this outbreak 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.

2013 Childhood Immunization Champion

Maricel Abad, R.N.