Vaccines or "shots" have been available in the United States since the 1950s. Immunization programs throughout the country have made great strides in reducing the rate of vaccine-preventable diseases by immunizing children. The health department's goal is to improve access to immunizations so that you or your child receives all of the vaccine doses needed to be protected from a serious illness. Contact your private doctor, community or public health clinic to be sure that you and your children are fully immunized. When you are protected, the community is protected. You are contributing to "Community Immunity".