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.
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