Sedgwick County is a local government entity that provides quality public services to all residents. The Sedgwick County Health Department works to improve public health through direct services, education and support. Vaccinations provided by the health department to protect residents from the spread of harmful diseases.
Sedgwick County FAQ
Q: Are "pox parties" or other means of exposure to disease effective ways to gain immunity?
It is a myth that exposure to disease is a safe and effective way to become immune. Vaccine-preventable diseases are dangerous and can be deadly. The safest and most effective way to protect yourself and your children from disease is to receive tested, approved vaccinations. A vaccine is used to help one’s immune system resist disease WITHOUT the risk of illness or death that can come with infection, and enable the body to fight off future infection from the disease.
Q: If my child doesn't go to day care or school, does he/she need vaccinations?
Yes. Children who go to day care and school are exposed to diseases from other children, but those who stay home also can be exposed at other locations and even by their parents, grandparents and other adults. That's why it's important for adults to receive vaccinations too.
Q: What is herd immunity?
Herd immunity is the term used to describe the protection from disease enjoyed by humans when the majority of the population is immune to certain diseases. When most people are vaccinated, even those who are not able to receive vaccinations due to existing medical conditions or age are protected because the rate of transmission is lower (i.e. fewer people catch diseases because fewer people are spreading diseases).
Q: I was vaccinated as a child; do I need other vaccines as an adult?
Yes. Anyone over the age of six months, who has been cleared by a physician to do so, should receive an annual flu vaccine. Adults also need other vaccines, such as Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis), zoster (shingles), and others depending on vaccination history. Vaccines help protect you and those around you from these diseases.
Q: Are vaccinations safe?
For the vast majority of humans, vaccinations are safe and effective forms of disease prevention. In fact, overall there is greater risk in not getting vaccinated than in experiencing complications from vaccines. Some individuals are too young or have existing medical conditions and should consult a physician before receiving a vaccination.