Communicable Diseases & Immunizations

Communicable diseases are diseases that spread from one person to another. The spread often happens via airborne viruses or bacteria, but also through blood or other bodily fluid. The terms infectious and contagious are also used to describe communicable disease (US Department of Health & Human Services). Below are some common communicable diseases and the vaccines that can help to prevent them.

Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

  1. Diphtheria
  2. Hepatitis A
  3. Hepatitis B
  4. Hepatitis C
  5. Influenza
  6. Measles
  7. Meningococcal disease
  8. Mumps
  9. Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
  10. Pneumococcal pneumonia
  11. Polio
  12. Rubella
  13. Tetanus
  14. Tuberculosis
  15. Varicella (Chickenpox)

For more information on the above communicable diseases and their vaccines, click the name of the disease in the list above.


For more information on the specific vaccines for measles, pertussis (whooping cough) and more, click the name of the disease in the list above. Ventura County Public Health is offering flu clinics. Please visit

Immunization Resources for Schools
Other Infectious Diseases Common in Schools