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.
What vaccinations do the CDC and AAP recommend for my child?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) provide immunization schedules for newborns to age 18 in English and Spanish. They also provide information about the vaccines, diseases and more. Don’t panic if you look at the schedule and find you’re behind or that your child missed a shot. Schedule an appointment with your child’s pediatrician or visit a health clinic for the next shot.
What are Indiana’s immunization requirements?
The CDC and AAP recommend immunization for your child; however, each state decides which immunizations are required for your child’s enrollment and attendance at a child care facility or school. Indiana requires several vaccinations before children are allowed to enter school.
For more information on immunizations visit the CDC and AAP websites.
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. Super Shot maintains a calendar with times and locations. 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.
Parkview Vaccination Policy