The Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) offers free vaccinations to children and adults who qualify for the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program, Vaccines for Adults (VFA) program, and Bridge Access Program (BAP). Additional immunizations, testing and screening for tuberculosis and HIV, and other services are available through PPHD’s Travel and Immunization Clinic. View the vaccine and immunization price list for associated costs.
A $26 clinic fee will be charged in addition to the cost of vaccinations and certifications. The clinic fee includes documentation review by licensed staff. Please note we do NOT bill health insurance.
Face covering is recommended for all over age 2 years.
Respiratory illnesses like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza (flu), and COVID-19 are more common during the fall and winter seasons due to the colder months. Respiratory illnesses are contagious, and an infected person can spread the illness to others through sneezing, coughing, or direct contact. You can help reduce the spread of respiratory illnesses by staying up to date on vaccines, staying home when sick, wearing a well-fitting face mask, washing your hands, and covering your cough or sneeze.
See more information below to identify symptoms, treatment, and vaccination resources for common respiratory illnesses.
Influenza, or flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses and can cause mild to severe symptoms. Flu signs and symptoms can include:
- Fever or chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children)
Treating flu symptoms should involve rest and staying hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Flu antiviral drugs may be prescribed by a health care provider to individuals at high risk of serious flu complications.
Receiving a flu vaccine each fall can reduce your chances of getting the flu. Vaccines are available at local pharmacies and from your healthcare provider. The Pasadena Public Health Department offers free flu vaccines on Mondays and Wednesdays during the fall season at 1845 N. Fair Oaks Avenue. For more information or assistance, call (626) 744-6121.
COVID-19 is a contagious disease caused by a virus named SARS-CoV-2. Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and ranges from mild symptoms to severe illness. Older adults and individuals with preexisting health conditions are at greater risk of severe complications. COVID-19 can present a wide range of symptoms including:
- Fever or chills
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- Muscle or body aches
If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, get tested as soon as possible. COVID-19 symptoms can be reduced with rest and medications that help alleviate symptoms. Antiviral medications are available from a health care provider for those who qualify. Contact your healthcare provider from more information.
Getting vaccinated is the most effective method to prevent COVID-19. A dose of the updated COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for everyone ages 6 months+. Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) is administering a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines to:
- Adults ages 19+ who are uninsured or underinsured [through the Bridge Access Program (BAP)]
- Children between ages 6 months and 18 years who are uninsured, underinsured, or enrolled in Medi-Cal [through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program]
For those who are eligible for BAP or VFC, walk-ins are welcomed every Monday and Wednesday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (closed for lunch 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.) For questions regarding vaccine eligibility and available vaccines, contact PPHD’s immunization clinic at (626) 744-6121.
For those who are insured and are NOT eligible for BAP or VFC, please contact a health care provider or local pharmacy. For other partners and locations offering COVID-19 vaccines, visit Vaccines.gov.
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is a common respiratory illness that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms but can cause serious complications. People infected with RSV usually show symptoms within 4-6 days after exposure. Symptoms can include:
- Runny nose
- Decreased appetite
- Coughing and sneezing
RSV can cause serious infections such as bronchiolitis and pneumonia in infants and older adults with chronic medical conditions. Antiviral medications are not routinely recommended, but symptoms may be relieved with over-the-counter medications and by staying hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.
RSV immunizations are now available for those who qualify. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends RSV immunizations for adults ages 60+, infants and young children, and pregnant people. Refer to the CDC website or contact a health care provider to confirm eligibility and for more information.
The Pasadena Public Health Department’s Immunization Clinic offers vaccinations and immunization record replacement for children, teens, adults and people who are traveling. Clinic hours are Mondays and Wednesdays 8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. The services are located on the Second floor, Room 2130 at 1845 N. Fair Oaks Ave. For additional assistance or without access to a computer, call (626) 744-6121.
The Pasadena Public Health Department does not accept health insurance as a means of payment. PPHD does not bill health insurance plans for vaccines or services on behalf of the Department or the client. PPHD does not provide clients with health insurance billing information, such as ICD-10 and CPT codes, for vaccines and services rendered necessary for insurance reimbursement.
The PPHD Immunization Services policy adheres to current recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the vaccine manufacturer. This includes the Yellow Fever vaccine, which will NOT be administered to individuals who have increased risk of an adverse event, including children younger than 9 months or adults aged 60 or older. For these individuals, medical evaluation and vaccine may be available at other providers. A doctor’s note will not qualify an individual for vaccine administration at the PPHD Immunization Clinic if the individual does not meet current CDC and manufacturer’s guidelines. For more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/yellowfever/vaccine/.
Vaccines for Children
Vaccination is one of the best ways parents can protect infants, children and teens from 17 potentially harmful diseases. Vaccine-preventable diseases can be very serious, may require hospitalization or even be deadly – especially in infants and young children.
Vaccines for Adults
Vaccines are not just for children! It’s important for adults to also maintain immunity against certain diseases, such as tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis A and B, influenza, and more. Even if you received these vaccines as a child, you may need a booster because some immunizations lose their effectiveness over tie. Talk to your healthcare provider about which vaccines may be recommended for you.
Vaccines for Travelers
A good way to protect yourself when traveling abroad is to check if certain immunizations are required or recommended. Call our Immunization Services to ensure inventory of vaccines before your appointment (626) 744-6121.
Travel Notices and Resources
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) helps to inform the public of risk for the traveler and recommended preventive measures for certain destinations. Review the travel notices before you plan a trip and before you go abroad.