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Vaccinate Your Children

There are vaccines available to protect children from 14 different dangerous diseases! These diseases are: diptheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, haemophilus influenzae type b, influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rotavirus, and streptococcus pneumoniae.

If you haven’t heard of some of these diseases, it’s because they’re not so common anymore: because of vaccinations. 

Get your children vaccinated

Children in Philadelphia can visit any PDPH health center to receive immunizations, even without an appointment. The health centers offer a full range of health services in addition to vaccines. You will need to bring proof that you live in Philadelphia (like a driver's license, another photo ID, or a letter from a community agency). If you have health insurance, including Medicare or Medicaid, bring that information too.

The health centers are part of the network of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).

Get your children vaccinated

Your child may get immunizations for free under a special program called Vaccines for Children (VFC) if he or she under 19 years of age, and:

  • Does not have health insurance, or
  • Is eligible for Medicaid (Medical Assistance), or
  • Is American Indian or Native Alaskan

About 200 health care providers in Philadelphia are part of the VFC Program.

  • Ask your doctor if he or she participates in VFC.
  • To find a VFC provider, call the Philadelphia VFC Program at 215-685-6498

Get your child’s vaccination record

You can request a record of all shots your child has received from health care providers in Philadelphia. These records are required for admission to daycares, camps, and schools.

To request a record, fill out this form, fill out this form and fax it to the PDPH at 215-238-6944.