Childhood Immunizations

When it comes to family health, on-time vaccinations are an important part of protecting your family from disease. According to the CDC, when babies are born their immune systems are not yet fully developed. Vaccines help to strengthen your baby’s immune system and help protect them from potentially serious illnesses. For more information about vaccines, see the resources below and have a conversation with your child’s healthcare provider.

How else can getting immunized help?

  • To keep you and your family healthy
  • To keep your community healthy
  • To protect loved ones from disease
  • To stop the spread of disease to the most vulnerable populations

Information adapted from the Washington State Department of Health

Accessing Immunization Records

For more information about access immunization records in Washington State, visit the Washington State Department of Health.

Immunizations Required for Child Care/Preschool and School Entry in Washington State 2022-2023

Schools, preschools, and licensed childcare centers require children to provide medically verified records of certain vaccinations before entry. Specific requirements are based on the child’s age. Please review the charts below and talk to your child’s school or childcare provider if you have any questions about the requirements.


Hepatitis B Vaccine

The hepatitis B vaccine is safe and effective at protecting children from developing hepatitis B disease. Hepatitis B is a potentially serious liver disease, it can be very mild or a serious condition depending on the person. While some people recover, others develop lifelong hepatitis B infection that can lead to serious health problems later in life.

Information adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Vaccine Information Statement


DTaP Vaccine

The DTaP vaccine protects children from Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis—also known as whooping cough—by developing high levels of protection from the diseases.

Information adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Vaccine Information Statement


Hib Vaccine

The Hib vaccine protects against Hib disease, a very serious disease that most commonly presents as meningitis. Babies and children under the age of 5 are the most at risk for developing Hib disease, caused by the Haemophilus influenzae type b bacteria.

Information adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Washington State Department of Health

Vaccine Information Statement


Polio Vaccine

The inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) is highly effective at protecting against polio, also known as poliomyelitis. Polio can cause permanent paralysis, even death, and there is no treatment. Before the polio vaccine, the disease was very common in the United States. Widespread polio vaccination has eliminated the disease in the United States, but it still exists in other countries.

Information adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Vaccine Information Statement


PCV Vaccine

The PCV vaccine protects against pneumococcal disease, which can cause potentially serious or deadly infections in the ears, lungs, blood, and brain. Most at risk are children under 2 years old, and some strains of the disease have become resistant to treatments. Vaccination helps in the prevention of the disease.

Information adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Vaccine Information Statement


MMR Vaccine

The MMR vaccine protects against measles, mumps, and rubella, which are much less common in the United States since having high rates of vaccination. The protection from an MMR vaccine lasts a lifetime for most individuals.

Information adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Vaccine Information Statement


Varicella Vaccine

The varicella vaccine helps protect against chickenpox disease, which is highly contagious and causes an itchy rash that spreads over the entire body. Getting the varicella vaccine helps reduce the risk in the community and helps to protect against severe cases of the disease.

Information adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Washington State Department of Health

Vaccine Information Statement


Other Recommended Childhood Vaccinations

COVID-19 Vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccine helps protect against COVID-19 disease; a potentially serious disease spread through the respiratory droplets of an infected person. Children that get COVID-19 disease can spread the disease to others and can develop serious health complications. COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective at helping to prevent serious illness in children and teens.

Information adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Kittitas County COVID-19 information


Influenza (Flu) Vaccine

Getting a seasonal flu vaccine each year is recommended for children six months and older, with increased recommendation for kids under the age of five years. Each year, flu vaccines are specifically made to help protect from the most common circulating influenza strains.

Information adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Vaccine Information Statement


HPV Vaccine

The HPV vaccine helps protect against the human papillomavirus, which is spread by sexual contact. HPV infections can go away on their own, but if they do not, they can cause certain types of cancers. The vaccine can prevent over 90% of the cancers caused by HPV infection.

Information adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Washington State Department of Health

Vaccine Information Statement


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