Although the incidence of Vaccine Preventable Diseases continues to decrease in the United States, a risk of occurrence remains for some diseases. Due to this risk, the goal of the Immunization Program remains to decrease and/or eliminate the indigenous cases of vaccine preventable diseases by increasing immunization awareness and rates in the adults and children residing in the City of Bethlehem.
adult vaccinations

Adults need to ensure they have adequate protection against vaccine preventable diseases throughout their lifespan. Immunity through disease generally provides a lifetime of protection. Childhood vaccination will not always provide lifelong protection and adults may need booster doses or new vaccines as recommended by CDC.

Adults at high-risk, who are uninsured or from another country can receive immunizations from the Health Bureau free of charge though the 317 Vaccine Program.

These vaccines include: Tdap, MMR, Chickenpox, pneumococcal and Hepatitis A & B.

Immunization Clinic Location & Hours:

Family Center at Marvine
1425 Livingston St
Bethlehem, PA
2nd Thursday of every month, 4 – 6pm

Bethlehem Health Bureau
City Hall, 10 East Church Street
Bethlehem, PA
Every Monday and Friday 1 – 3pm
1st Wednesday 10am – 12pm
child vaccinations

Infants and children are protected from many serious diseases through vaccination including: measles, mumps, rubella, meningitis, whooping cough, polio, tetanus, hepatitis, and pneumonia. Children are required to have the following doses to enter school. in Pennsylvania:
  • 4 doses of tetanus (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday)
  • 4 doses of diphtheria (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday)
  • 3 doses of polio
  • 2 dose of mumps
  • 2 dose of measles
  • 1 dose of rubella (German measles)
  • 3 doses of hepatitis B
  • 2 dose of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine or history of disease

Immunizations are available through the Bethlehem Health Bureau for children who have no insurance or are underinsured. Native Americans and Alaskan Eskimos are also eligible.

Vaccines are given free through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program, a program of the PA Department of Health. Four clinics are held monthly. If your child is in need of immunizations please call us for an appointment at 610-865-7087.