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Why are vaccines important?

Choosing to have your child vaccinated is one of the most effective ways you can protect them from a number of preventable diseases. Because infants and young children have developing immune systems, they are at risk for serious diseases. Vaccines reduce your child’s risk of infection by working with the body’s natural defenses to help safely develop immunity to disease.

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Birth to 6 Months

Staying on track with childhood immunizations starts early, beginning at birth and coinciding with well-child checks. Early vaccinations include Hepatitis B, DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) and more, to help strengthen your baby’s immune system.

9 to 18 Months

As your baby grows, it’s important to continue their immunizations and well-child checks. During this time your baby can receive the Varicella vaccine protecting them from chicken pox and other important immunizations.

24 Months to 6 Years

Schools and daycares require children to be vaccinated. As your child nears kindergarten, they will continue to receive important vaccinations to keep themselves, classmates and the surrounding community healthy.

11 to 18 Years

As your child continues to age, it becomes even more important to continue well-child checks and immunizations. Between 11 to 18 years of age, a child can receive important vaccinations that protect against meningococcal disease and the flu.

Pediatric Vaccination Guide

Keeping personal up-to-date immunization records for your children is important. When you need official immunization records for daycare, school, summer camps or international trips, they will be easier to obtain if you already have accurate personal records. Download our handy Immunization Booklet to easily keep track of your child’s immunizations.

Download the guide

Where can my child get vaccinations?

  • Your doctor’s office. Check with your insurance provider for coverage. Find a pediatrician.
  • Super Shot – Funded by the Allen County community and provides immunizations for a nominal fee for children age 6 months to 18 who are uninsured/underinsured or who participate in Medicaid. No one will be turned away for inability to pay. Appointments are not necessary. Call 260-424-SHOT for more information.
  • Departments of Health – Provide immunizations for a nominal fee. If you have insurance that pays for vaccines, you may have some cost associated. When you make an appointment, the approximate costs will be given. Due to an unpredictable vaccine supply, not all vaccines are available at all times for children. Contact your local health department for more information.
  • Ronald McDonald Care Mobile – The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is a doctor’s office on wheels – delivering Parkview Physicians Group – Pediatrics providers to your neighborhood. Now, children 0 – 18 years have more convenient access to health services, such as wellness visits and vaccines.