The Department of Health’s Immunizations Program offers:
- Childhood immunizations for Vaccines for Children eligible children under age 19
- Pre-exposure rabies vaccines
- Tdap (whooping cough) vaccine for expectant mothers
- Flu, COVID and mpox vaccines
- Immunizations for adults with communicable disease vouchers
The Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program provides childhood vaccines free of charge to qualifying children under the age of 19 years old.
If your child is enrolled in Medical Assistance, uninsured or has health insurance that does not pay for any vaccines, your child might be eligible for free vaccines.
Appointments are for recommended vaccines, including MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis) and chickenpox. Vaccines are available during regular weekly clinics held by appointment.
For uninsured, underinsured or Medical Assistance children only.
Children's Immunizations Clinics
Clinics will adhere to the following guidelines:
- Siblings not being vaccinated should stay home, if possible.
- Documentation of any previous immunizations should be provided.
- Clinic personnel practice standard precautions for infection control.
After an immunization, some children may develop a low-grade fever, soreness, or become red or swollen at the injection site. Giving acetaminophen (Tylenol) if symptoms develop and every four hours afterward will help to reduce discomfort. Although very rare, contact your pediatrician immediately if your child develops a fever over 103°F, seizures, limpness or paleness.
Maryland Back-to-School Immunization Requirements
Meningococcal and Tdap vaccines are required for 7th-12th grade students.
These vaccines help prevent bacterial meningitis, whooping cough, tetanus and diphtheria.
Children should see their primary health care provider to get the required vaccines for school. Parents must provide proof of immunizations to the school nurse.
Vaccines for Children Program
The Vaccines for Children Program provides childhood vaccines free of charge to qualifying children under the age of 19 years old. If your child is enrolled in Medical Assistance, uninsured or has health insurance that does not pay for any vaccines, your child might be eligible for free vaccines.
MyIR stands for My Immunization Record, a public portal that can securely pull immunization records from ImmuNet, Maryland’s Immunization Information System (IIS). All users must be 18 years or older. Once registered, you will be able to obtain official immunization records for daycare, camps, schools, employment or travel, if you or your children were administered vaccines in Maryland. Click here for a user guide.
Where do I go for immunizations?
Ask your medical provider about vaccines.
What immunizations do I need while traveling abroad?
The Department of Health does not provide travel immunizations or information on vaccines needed for travel to other parts of the world.
For more information about safe health practices while traveling aboard, visit wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/travel-vaccines.
To prevent pertussis (whooping cough), Tdap vaccine is recommended for all health care workers and adults in close contact with infants. Age-appropriate immunization is required for enrollment in Maryland childcare institutions and schools.
For information on adult immunizations, call: