Community Immunity | WithinReach WA

Community Immunity

What is Community Immunity?

Community (or herd) immunity helps slow down and stop the spread of disease among people. Community immunity only works when most people in the community have immunity to the disease. People become immune by getting vaccinated or by having had the disease. For some diseases, like pertussis (whooping cough) and measles, at least 9 out of 10 of us must have immunity to keep the diseases from spreading. Community immunity protects us all. Learn more about how community immunity works.

Who Depends on Community Immunity?

We all do, but especially those who can’t fight diseases or are not immune. When you choose to immunize yourself and your family, you also help protect others at risk, like:

  • Infants and the elderly who cannot get vaccines because they are too young or too old.
  • People with weak immune systems, like those with heart disease or cancer.
  • People who are not fully immunized.

Find your school’s immunization rate


Does My Community Have Immunity?

Ask your child care, preschool, or school about their immunization rates. You can find kindergarten immunization rates for Washington State elementary schools at SchoolDigger.

Immunize your child on time. Make sure you and your child’s caregivers get immunized too.

Speak up by telling others that your child is fully immunized. Make sure your friends and neighbors know about the risks of not immunizing and the benefits of community immunity.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Basic Food Education Forum-King Co
    • February 21, 2018
      9:00 am - 11:00 am

    The Basic Food Education Forum (BFEF) is a platform for agencies assisting clients with the Basic Food (food stamps) program to meet and network about…

  • UWKC Tax Site Hopelink Shoreline
    • February 21, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    • February 28, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    • March 7, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    • March 14, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    • March 21, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    • March 28, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    • April 4, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    • April 11, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    • April 18, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:30 pm

    Our In-Person Team is available at select United Way of King County Tax Sites this season! Come see them for assistance with Basic Food, Health…

  • UWKC Tax Site Rainier Community Center
    • February 24, 2018
      10:00 am - 1:30 pm
    • March 3, 2018
      10:00 am - 1:30 pm
    • March 10, 2018
      10:00 am - 1:30 pm
    • March 17, 2018
      10:00 am - 1:30 pm
    • March 24, 2018
      10:00 am - 1:30 pm
    • March 31, 2018
      10:00 am - 1:30 pm
    • April 7, 2018
      10:00 am - 1:30 pm
    • April 14, 2018
      10:00 am - 1:30 pm

    Our In-Person Team is available at select United Way of King County Tax Sites this season! Come see them for assistance with Basic Food, Health…

  • UWKC Tax Site Downtown Seattle Library
    • February 24, 2018
      11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    • March 3, 2018
      11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    • March 10, 2018
      11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    • March 17, 2018
      11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    • March 24, 2018
      11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    • March 31, 2018
      11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    • April 7, 2018
      11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    • April 14, 2018
      11:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Our In-Person Team is available at select United Way of King County Tax Sites this season! Come see them for assistance with Basic Food, Health…

  • Basic Food Education Forum-South Sound
    • February 26, 2018
      9:00 am - 11:00 am

    The Basic Food Education Forum (BFEF) is a platform for agencies assisting clients with the Basic Food (food stamps) program to meet and network about…

  • UWKC Tax Site Burien Community Center
    • February 26, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • March 5, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • March 12, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • March 19, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • March 26, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • April 2, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • April 9, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    • April 16, 2018
      3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Our In-Person Team is available at select United Way of King County Tax Sites this season! Come see them for assistance with Basic Food, Health…

  • Basic Food Education Forum-North Sound
    • February 27, 2018
      8:00 am - 11:00 am

    The Basic Food Education Forum (BFEF) is a platform for agencies assisting clients with the Basic Food (food stamps) program to meet and network about…

  • WCOMO-Centralia
    • March 23, 2018
      9:00 am - 2:00 pm

    HOLD for Washington Coalition on Medicaid Outreach in Centralia

  • 2018 Experience WithinReach Registration
    • 2018 Experience WithinReach
      May 9, 2018
      5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! We’re excited you are joining us to discover how WithinReach is creating vibrant, healthy communities. We have a great event in…