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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) reminds residents get up-to-date on all recommended vaccines to minimize the chance of infection with contagious diseases.  Vaccines are the safest and most effective way to prevent diseases such as measles, rubella, pertussis, polio and hepatitis A or B.  Those who plan to attend large-scale events or travel out of the country should take special precautions.

 “Many vaccine-preventable diseases that are rare in the United States are still common in some parts of the world,” stated Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, MD, MPH, Interim Health Officer for Los Angeles County.  “Unvaccinated travelers to and from other regions can easily bring disease back to the U.S.  This summer, before enjoying concerts, the Special Olympics World Games, or other large-scale events, make certain that you’re up-to-date with all recommended vaccines. This is the best way to guard against vaccine-preventable diseases.”

 All residents, whether staying local or traveling, are encouraged to take precautions to help prevent the spread of diseases.  To protect yourself and others,

Public Health recommends:

♦    Get vaccinated.

♦    Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.

♦    Cover your coughs and sneezes.

♦    Stay home from work or school if you are ill.

♦    Inform your health care provider about international travel when seeking medical care.

 While planning international travel, residents should consult with their healthcare provider to ensure their family, particularly young infants, are current on all recommended vaccines.  Travel vaccines may be recommended based on the traveler’s destination, length of stay, and planned travel activities.  Learn more about international travel vaccinations by visiting

 For referrals to free and low-cost immunization providers, dial 2-1-1 (Los Angeles County Information Line) or visit

 The Department of Public Health is committed to protecting and improving the health of the nearly 10 million residents of Los Angeles County. Through a variety of programs, community partnerships and services, Public Health oversees environmental health, disease control, and community and family health. Public Health comprises nearly 4,000 employees and has an annual budget exceeding $900 million. To learn more about Public Health and the work we do, please visit, visit our YouTube channel at, find us on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter: @LAPublicHealth.