Immunization Program

The Alameda County Public Health Department’s Immunization Program is dedicated to improving our community‘s knowledge of and access to vaccinations that keep us all safe from dangerous diseases. We provide information about vaccine recommendations for people of all ages and school and child care requirements and offer support to schools and child care providers, medical providers, and community outreach organizations.

Where to get Immunized?

The best place to get immunized is at your doctor’s office so they can maintain your immunization history. At your doctor’s office, immunizations will be free because they will likely be covered by your insurance. If you do not have a regular doctor’s office, immunizations are available at most pharmacy chains or local pharmacies. Call your nearest pharmacy to determine cost and insurance coverage. There are limited free or low cost immunization clinics within Alameda County. It is always a good idea to call in advance to ensure that the vaccine you are seeking is available. Back to School clinics usually take place right before the start of the school year so that children meet school requirements. Flu vaccine is also located at most all pharmacies. Between the months of September and June there are usually seasonal flu vaccine clinics offered in various locations in Alameda County.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that pregnant women receive the whooping cough vaccine for adolescents and adults (called Tdap vaccine) during the third trimester of each pregnancy.  For more information about which pharmacies offer Tdap to pregnant women please visit Alameda County Pharmacy Directory.

NOTICE OF YELLOW FEVER VACCINE SHORTAGE: Because of a total depletion of VF-Vax, the manufacturer (Sanofi Pasteur) has worked with CDC and the US FDA to make an alternative yellow fever vaccine, Stamaril, available at select locations until YF-Vax supply returns.  For more information on where you can find clinics with remaining yellow fever vaccine doses and locations that can administer it, please visit the yellow fever vaccination clinic search page.

Excellent Vaccination Rates for Alameda County Kindergarteners!

Each year in California, schools report their students’ vaccination rates for required vaccines to the state. This school year, the percentage of California kindergarteners who were fully up-to-date with their immunizations was 95.1%. 97.1% of Alameda County kindergarteners were up-to-date this year! Congratulations schools, students, and parents for having great Community Immunity!

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