From birth to age 18, there are vaccines that can prevent your child from getting 16 serious illnesses. Virginia follows the Center for Disease Control (CDC) vaccination schedules, which recommend vaccines at various points throughout childhood and adolescence. Many vaccines require multiple doses. The links below outline the recommended vaccine schedules for children and adolescents.
We know that making the best choices for your child’s health is a parent’s top priority. Vaccines are one of the best ways a parent can protect their child from illness. Thanks to vaccines, your child can be protected from 16 life-threatening diseases!
Many parents visiting this site have already decided to vaccinate their children, while others may have more questions. No matter what you’re looking for, there are a number of links to great, science-based resources for all parents in the FAQ section below.
Remember, one of the best places you can go for information on vaccines is your primary care provider!
Frequently Asked Questions
With abundant online information, people often have vaccine-related questions. However, not everything you read about vaccines is true. To obtain accurate information, it is crucial to rely on science-based sources. Here are some trusted sources for reliable vaccine information.
Adult Vaccine Recommendations and SchedulesAll adults need a seasonal flu vaccine! Even if you don’t usually get sick from the flu, getting the shot will help prevent you from spreading it to others who may be at much higher risk. All adults also need a Td or Tdap vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. You may need additional vaccines if you have other health conditions. Center for Disease Control’s Adult Vaccine Recommendations When Adults Need Vaccines & What They Are What Vaccines Do You Need? A Quick & Easy Adult Vaccine Quiz Vaccine Recommendations for Travel
Where to Find VaccinesVaccines may be available at your doctor’s office, pharmacies, health clinics or centers, and other community locations near you. If your primary healthcare provider does not stock vaccines, you can ask for a referral or contact your local health department to find out more about where to get vaccines in your communities. This website is also helpful in locating places offering vaccines in your community: https://vaccinefinder.org/
Paying for VaccinesAll Health Insurance marketplace plans and most other private insurance plans cover certain vaccines without charging a copayment or coinsurance, even if you haven’t met your deductible. Medicare and Medicaid will also cover certain vaccines. You can find more details on this website: Paying for Vaccines. For those that don’t have insurance, the Virginia Vaccines for Adults (VVFA) program can help. VVFA is a statewide program through the Virginia Department of Health that helps adults that are uninsured get vaccines at little to no cost. Healthcare providers enroll in this program and offer vaccines in underserved areas.The vaccines available through this program are recommended by CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, although not all participating sites stock all vaccines. Individuals that have full insurance that will cover the cost of the vaccine are not eligible for this program. If you are an adult seeking a referral for this program, call your local health department to find out where to get vaccines through this program in your area. For more information on this call program the Virginia Department of Health 1-800-568-1929 or 1-804-864-8055. If you have more questions about vaccines, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.