Health

Immunizations

Although the incidence of Vaccine Preventable Diseases continues to decrease in the United States, a risk of occurrence remains for some diseases. Due to this risk, the goal of the Immunization Program remains to decrease and/or eliminate the indigenous cases of vaccine preventable diseases by increasing immunization awareness and rates in the adults and children residing in the City of Bethlehem.

Some people call them immunizations. Others call them vaccinations, and others inoculations. Some simply call them shots. Many adults believe that they do not need immunizations. That the vaccines they received as children will protect them for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, some adults were never vaccinated as children, newer vaccines were not available when some adults were children, immunity can begin to fade over time and as we age, we become more susceptible to serious diseases by common infections (flu, pneumonia, and pertussis).

Immunizations at low cost are available through the Bethlehem Health Bureau for adults. Please call 610-865-7087 to schedule an appointment.

Immunization Clinic Location & Hours:

Fowler Family Center at Donegan, 1210 E. 4th Street, Bethlehem
4th Thursday, 4pm-6pm

Family Center at Marvine, 1425 Livingston St, Bethlehem
2nd Thursday of every month, 4pm-6pm

Family Center @ Broughal Middle School, 114 West Morton St, Bethlehem, PA
3rd Tuesday of every month: 3:30pm-5:30pm

Bethlehem Health Bureau, City Hall, 10 East Church Street, Bethlehem, PA
Every Monday and Friday 1pm-3pm
1st Wednesday 10am-12pm

Some people call them immunizations. Others call them vaccinations, and others inoculations. Some simply call them shots. Immunizations are one of your child’s best weapons against a number of serious diseases. Many diseases such as polio, measles, mumps, whooping cough, diphtheria, and tetanus are rarely seen in the United States since immunization rates have increased. By the time a child reaches two (2) years of age he should have received about 20 shots. When a child enters school in Pennsylvania he should have had the following vaccines:

  • 4 doses of tetanus (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday)
  • 4 doses of diphtheria (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday)
  • 3 doses of polio
  • 2 dose of mumps
  • 2 dose of measles
  • 1 dose of rubella (German measles)
  • 3 doses of hepatitis B
  • 2 dose of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine or history of disease

Immunizations are available through the Bethlehem Health Bureau for children who have no insurance or are underinsured. Native Americans and Alaskan Eskimos are also eligible.

Vaccines are given free through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program, a program of the PA Department of Health. Four clinics are held monthly. If your child is in need of immunizations please call us for an appointment at 610-865-7087.

Immunization Clinic Location & Hours:

Fowler Family Center @ Donegan Elementary School, 1210 East Fourth Street, Bethlehem, PA
4th Thursday of every month: 4pm--6pm

Family Center at Marvine, 1425 Livingston St, Bethlehem
2nd Thursday of every month, 4pm-6pm

Family Center @ Broughal Middle School, 114 West Morton St, Bethlehem, PA
3rd Tuesday of every month: 3:30pm-5:30pm