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Vaccine Preventable Diseases

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A vaccine preventable disease is an infectious disease for which a vaccine exists.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaccine preventable disease levels are at or near record lows. Even though most infants and toddlers have received all recommended vaccines by age 2, many under-immunized children remain, leaving the potential for outbreaks of disease. Many adolescents and adults are under-immunized as well, missing opportunities to protect themselves against diseases such as Hepatitis B, influenza, and pneumococcal disease.

The Department of Health (DOH) conducts investigation, tracking and reporting of vaccine preventable diseases.

Physicians: To report Vaccine Preventable Disease (VPD) to the Department of Health, please complete the  Communicable Disease Case Report Form [PDF]. Include a copy of the laboratory results and fax to (202) 442-8060.

For a complete list of Vaccine Preventable Diseases, visit the CDC website.

View a complete list of disease factsheets offered by the Division of Epidemiology- Disease Surveillance and Investigation.  For more information, call (202) 442-9371.

Reportable Diseases in the District of Columbia [PDF]