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Immunizations

To protect, promote and improve the health of our community

CDC Immunization Schedules

Click the link below for a list of immunizations and when they should be given.

Immunization Schedules
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Immunizations protect us all by helping to stop the spread of diseases like polio, whooping cough, measles and chicken pox. Today, thanks to immunization, there are only a few cases of these types of diseases in the United States each year.

Most people who were born in the U.S. in the 1960’s and later have not experienced epidemics of polio, whooping cough, and other serious diseases.  Before immunizations were readily available, thousands of babies and children died each year from these diseases and thousands more suffered lasting complications like paralysis, sterility, or brain damage. These diseases are rare now, and are easily preventable with a few simple shots.  Without immunizations, these diseases would return to our communities and put our children at risk. Making sure that your child receives all their immunizations on time is one of the most important things that you can do as a parent.  You can help protect your child's health ― as well as the health of friends, classmates, and others in the community.

What immunizations should my child get and when?

Most children begin receiving vaccinations within the first three months of their lives. Vaccinations against various diseases are available throughout a person’s life. There are many vaccinations available, and medical researchers and scientists are working to develop more vaccines all the time.

In the United States, we have vaccinations against the following diseases:

Beginning July 1, 2011, all Kentucky children attending a child day care, Head Start, public and private elementary or secondary schools must meet the new immunization requirements. http://www.lrc.ky.gov/kar/902/002/060.htm, These regulations were amended, effective June 21, 2017, to include the following:

How can I afford my child’s shots?

MCHD participates in the Kentucky Vaccine Program (KVP), which provides vaccines for children who are uninsured, underinsured or covered by Medicaid or K-CHIP.    Children from 2 months through age 18 are eligible. You can call the Richmond or Berea clinic or the nurse at your child’s school to find out if you qualify for the KVP program or to schedule an appointment.

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