Protect Your Child with Vaccines

Learn how vaccines can protect young children from 14 dangerous diseases. Use this tip sheet to talk with parents about the importance of infant vaccines.

Immunization Schedules

Find current immunization schedules (from the CDC) for children ages birth through 6 years old, catch-up schedules for children birth to 18 years old and the adult schedule by vaccine and age group.

Infectious Diseases: Prevention and Management

Preventing and managing communicable disease in early childhood programs can reduce the rate of illnesses. Learn strategies for controlling the spread of germs and protecting children and adults from getting sick.

Immunization Documentation

Programs should require that all parents/guardians of enrolled children provide written documentation of receipt of immunizations appropriate for each child's age. Infants, children, and adolescents should be immunized as specified in the “Recommended Immunization Schedules for Persons Aged 0 Through 18 Years,” developed by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. Children whose immunizations are not up-to-date or have not been administered according to the recommended schedule should receive the required immunizations, unless contraindicated or for legal exemptions.

Unimmunized Children

Programs must identify children in their care who are not immunized, and the reason. The local or state health department will be able to provide guidelines for exclusion requirements.

Measles

Learn the facts about the Measles, how to prevent it and what to do if someone in your program has it.

Tuberculosis

Learn the facts about Tuberculosis, how to prevent it and what to do if someone in your program has it.

Infants and Vaccines: Answering Parents’ Questions

Vaccines, also called immunizations, are a safe and effective way to protect children from many common diseases. If parents delay or avoid child vaccinations, they can put their child and others at risk for potentially dangerous diseases.