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Kittitas (pronounced 'KITT-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
When it comes to family health, on-time vaccinations are an important part of protecting your family from disease. According to the CDC, when babies are born their immune systems are not yet fully developed. Vaccines help to strengthen your baby’s immune system and help protect them from potentially serious illnesses. For more information about vaccines, see the resources below and have a conversation with your child’s healthcare provider.
Information adapted from the Washington State Department of Health
For more information about access immunization records in Washington State, visit the Washington State Department of Health.
Schools, preschools, and licensed childcare centers require children to provide medically verified records of certain vaccinations before entry. Specific requirements are based on the child’s age. Please review the charts below and talk to your child’s school or childcare provider if you have any questions about the requirements.
The hepatitis B vaccine is safe and effective at protecting children from developing hepatitis B disease. Hepatitis B is a potentially serious liver disease, it can be very mild or a serious condition depending on the person. While some people recover, others develop lifelong hepatitis B infection that can lead to serious health problems later in life.
Information adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Vaccine Information Statement
The DTaP vaccine protects children from Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis—also known as whooping cough—by developing high levels of protection from the diseases.
The Hib vaccine protects against Hib disease, a very serious disease that most commonly presents as meningitis. Babies and children under the age of 5 are the most at risk for developing Hib disease, caused by the Haemophilus influenzae type b bacteria.
Information adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Washington State Department of Health
The inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) is highly effective at protecting against polio, also known as poliomyelitis. Polio can cause permanent paralysis, even death, and there is no treatment. Before the polio vaccine, the disease was very common in the United States. Widespread polio vaccination has eliminated the disease in the United States, but it still exists in other countries.
The PCV vaccine protects against pneumococcal disease, which can cause potentially serious or deadly infections in the ears, lungs, blood, and brain. Most at risk are children under 2 years old, and some strains of the disease have become resistant to treatments. Vaccination helps in the prevention of the disease.
The MMR vaccine protects against measles, mumps, and rubella, which are much less common in the United States since having high rates of vaccination. The protection from an MMR vaccine lasts a lifetime for most individuals.
The varicella vaccine helps protect against chickenpox disease, which is highly contagious and causes an itchy rash that spreads over the entire body. Getting the varicella vaccine helps reduce the risk in the community and helps to protect against severe cases of the disease.
The COVID-19 vaccine helps protect against COVID-19 disease; a potentially serious disease spread through the respiratory droplets of an infected person. Children that get COVID-19 disease can spread the disease to others and can develop serious health complications. COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective at helping to prevent serious illness in children and teens.
Kittitas County COVID-19 information
Getting a seasonal flu vaccine each year is recommended for children six months and older, with increased recommendation for kids under the age of five years. Each year, flu vaccines are specifically made to help protect from the most common circulating influenza strains.
The HPV vaccine helps protect against the human papillomavirus, which is spread by sexual contact. HPV infections can go away on their own, but if they do not, they can cause certain types of cancers. The vaccine can prevent over 90% of the cancers caused by HPV infection.
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.