Why Are Immunizations Important? (West Region)


This article contains information specific to beneficiaries living in the West RegionAlaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa (excludes Rock Island arsenal area), Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri (except St. Louis area), Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas (southwestern corner including El Paso), Utah, Washington and Wyoming.. Check the map to find your region.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), immunizations (also referred to as vaccines) can prevent infectious diseases that once killed or harmed many infants, children, and adults. Without vaccines, we’re at risk for serious health issues, including pain, disability, and even death, from diseases like measles and whooping cough. Some parents worry about the safety of vaccines and choose to wait or avoid having their child vaccinated. However, the benefits often outweigh the risks.

Talk with your child’s doctor if you have any questions about vaccines and review the resources below.

  • On the CDC website, you can view and print the most current vaccine schedules for children and teens.
  • For information on how TRICARE covers vaccines, you can visit the TRICARE website.
  • The Health Net Federal Services, LLC (HNFS) online Learning Center provides recorded classes and programs to help keep you and your family healthy.

Ready for that first step? Check out HNFS’ "Making Healthy Changes for Life” webinar on Sept. 15 or Dec. 18. You must register to participate. Find details on the HNFS website.

Last Updated 11/22/2022