10/09/2018 15:30 EDT
The 2018-2019 school flu program has begun. Between now and mid-December, flu vaccination clinics will be held at schools throughout the state where students and their families can get vaccinated at no cost. Daytime clinics are for students only, and most evening clinics are open to the community (ages 3+). Registration is recommended, but not required. Protect yourself and your loved ones against flu this season by getting vaccinated.


04/03/2018 10:06 EDT
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance highlighting the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrating the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities. Since 1994, local and state health departments, national immunization partners, healthcare professionals, community leaders from across the country, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have worked together through NIIW to highlight the positive impact of vaccination on the lives of infants and children, and to call attention to immunization achievements.
01/02/2018 13:58 EST
Vaccines prevent thousands of Rhode Island children from getting serious, sometimes deadly diseases each year. Do you know someone who is doing a great job promoting childhood immunization in your community? Someone who works really hard to make sure children get their vaccines, on time? If so, nominate them for CDC's 2018 Childhood Immunization Champion Award. A champion can be anyone, including a parent advocate, community member, or health care professional who goes above and beyond to ensure that children get their vaccines on time. The winner will be announced during National Infant Immunization Week (April 21-28, 2018), receive a certificate, and be recognized by RIDOH and CDC. Nominations are due by February 2, 2018 to
12/04/2017 17:22 EST
December 3-9 is National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), an event highlighting the importance of continuing flu vaccination throughout the holiday season and beyond. Flu vaccination coverage estimates from past seasons have shown that few people get vaccinated against the flu after the end of November. CDC and its partners choose December for NIVW to remind people that even though the holiday season has begun, it is not too late to get a flu shot. As long as flu viruses are spreading and causing illness, vaccination should continue throughout the season in order to protect as many people as possible against the flu. Even if you haven't yet been vaccinated and have already gotten sick with flu, you can still benefit from vaccination since the flu vaccine protects against three or four different flu viruses (depending on which flu vaccine you get).
10/18/2017 10:46 EDT
About one in nine American men is infected with the oral form of human papillomavirus (HPV), according to a new study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. Nationally, oral HPV infection rates are 11.5% for men and 3.2% for women. HPV infection can lead to cancer. Annually, an average of 38,793 cases of HPV-related cancer -- 59% of them in women and 41% in men -- were diagnosed in the United States between 2008 and 2012. An HPV vaccine is available for both men and women and can protect against infection. The CDC recommends that all adolescents receive the HPV vaccine.


Vaccines are the best way to prevent serious illness and death from many infectious diseases. Vaccines protect people by preparing their immune systems to recognize and fight these diseases. Vaccines also protect communities by reducing the spread of illness.

The Food and Drug Administration adheres to rigorous testing standards before licensing vaccines to ensure their safety. Leaders in the fields of medicine and public health recommend vaccines for children, adolescents, and adults to prevent disease.

What you should do


Make sure that your children are up-to-date on all recommended vaccinations infants and children preteens and teens. Ask your children’s pediatrician about vaccinations at each visit.

Children without doctors who are uninsured can be vaccinated at St. Joseph Health Center. Older children can also be immunized through Vaccinate Before You Graduate, a catch-up program run at Rhode Island middle and high schools.

St. Joseph Walk-In Clinic: 21 Peace Street, Providence, RI 02907 (learn more)


The immunizations needed by adults are determined by several factors. These include age, lifestyle, how healthy the adult is, and the adult’s immunization history. Talk to your healthcare providers or review the adult schedule of recommended immunizations to know what immunizations you need.


If you are planning to travel outside of the United States, you can receive recommended vaccines at travel clinics.

People who will be in contact with infants

Adults and adolescents who will be around infants should be vaccinated with a single dose of Tdap. This could include parents, siblings, grandparents, babysitters, and other child care providers. Tdap protects against, among other diseases, pertussis. Infants are too young to be fully immunized against pertussis, but an infant's exposure to the illness can be reduced if he or she only comes into contact with people who are vaccinated. This practice is called cocooning.

What we are doing

Rhode Island provides healthcare providers with all of the vaccines that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommend that children receive through 18 years of age. Rhode Island also provides healthcare providers with all recommended vaccines for adults. Although some healthcare providers may charge patients small fees for vaccine administration, Rhode Island gives these vaccines to healthcare providers free of charge.

Additionally, the Rhode Island Department of Health works with mass immunizers, schools, healthcare providers, and many others to make vaccine available at community clinics.