Elimination of Immunization Disparities Program (EIDP)
What are immunizations?
- Immunizations, or vaccines, are products made from killed or weakened germs.
- Immunizations can be administed by needle, injection, mouth, or spray.
- Immunizations prevent disease by stimulating the immune system to produce defense to certain diseases by producing antibodies.
What are antibodies?
- Antibodies are protective proteins that your body produces in response to encountering a foreign substance. Immunizations aren’t always administered via needle.
- When you get immunized, your body creates antibodies in response to the vaccine you were exposed to.
Why is it important to get vaccinated?
- By being exposed to a weaker or killed form of the disease, your body learns to fight it off.
- Herd immunity
- Diseases, such as smallpox, have been eradicated by vaccines. Polio is very close to being eradicated as well!
- By getting vaccinated, you are contributing to eliminating disease and protecting others from being exposed.
What is herd immunity?
- This occurs when enough people are immunized, so it is hard for a disease to spread.
- If many people get sick, that causes an outbreak.
- The more people immunized, the greater the herd immunity.
- Certain immunocomprised people are unable to get vaccines since their immune systems are not strong enough to handle a weakened or killed form of the disease.
Protect your family, friends, and community from disease outbreaks by getting vaccinated!
Common misconceptions about vaccines:
You’ll get sick if you get a vaccine
- While reactions to vaccines can happen, they are very rare. It is still better to get vaccinated unless you know you are immunocompromised or have a weak immune system.
- Visit your primary care provider to find out more!
Vaccines cause autism
- A debunked study showed that there was a connection between vaccines and autism. That study has been disproven, and other reputable studies (here and here) have shown that there is no connection between vaccines and autism.
"If a disease is wiped out in the United States, then I don’t need to get a vaccine for that disease anymore."
- THIS IS NOT TRUE.
- Even if a disease is eradicated in the United States, you may be exposed to it in another country.
- Vaccinations are highly recommended, especially if you travel outside of the United States.
- Example: The influenza vaccine, or flu shot, changes every year because the flu evolves very rapidly. That means you need to vaccinate yourself from the flu every year, so that you, your family, friends, and community members don’t get sick.
Elimination of Immunization Disparities Program (EIDP) Overview
The purpose of the Eliminiation of Immunization Disparities (EIDP) Program is to create targeted interventions to address areas of racial and economic disparities related to vaccination coverage in children, adolescents, and adults.
We are in the process of creating an immunization work group in suburban Cook County. Funding for this program was made possible by funds received from the Office of Health Protection through the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).
** Our immunization clinic is currently suspended due to COVID-19, but it should resume shortly. Check back here or on our social media for updates.
The vaccines we offer are:
- Flu shots
- Hepatitis A & B
No appointment is needed except for the HPV vaccine.