For Parents & Families
We know that every parent wants to do what’s best for their child.
By vaccinating children on time, we can protect them from 16 preventable and dangerous diseases. We encourage parents and guardians who have questions about vaccines to seek information from scientifically-based, reliable sources. By having accurate information about vaccination, parents can feel empowered and confident in their decision to vaccinate.
I have questions about vaccines. What can I do?
Parents can visit the Immunize for Good website to learn more about vaccines, the diseases they prevent, and why on-time vaccination is one of the best ways to keep young children safe and healthy.
Where can I get vaccines for my child?
There are many options for getting vaccinated in Colorado. If you have health insurance (including Medicaid, Medicare, or CHP+) and a primary care provider or pediatrician, they can help determine which vaccines you may need and administer them during an office visit. Local public health agencies, some retailers and pharmacies also offer vaccines. There are many opportunities for those who are un- or under-insured or Medicaid-eligible to receive free or low-cost vaccines. Parents can access free or low-cost vaccinations for their child through Shots for Tots and Teens free and low-cost vaccine clinics or by finding a local vaccine provider.
Is my child up to date with routine vaccinations?
The Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS) safely holds shot information and makes it easy for healthcare providers to keep track of the vaccines you or your child have had. Parents can check their child's immunization record to see if there are vaccines they might be missing for their age. Parents can also see which vaccines are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Which vaccines are required for school entry?
Certain vaccines are required by Colorado law for children attending school or child care to prevent the spread of vaccine-preventable disease. Colorado law also allows parents to exempt their children from child care- and school-required immunizations on medical or philosophical grounds. Parents can see which vaccines are required for childcare and school entry to make sure their child is up to date.
My child is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. Where can they get vaccinated?
Everyone 12 and older can get a COVID-19 vaccine. Call your pediatrician to see if they are vaccinating patients, or visit your local pharmacy. You can also use Colorado's vaccine finder to find a provider near you. Parents can also get answers to common questions about COVID-19 vaccines.
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