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Information about Vaccines for Children, Adolescents, and Adults

This section contains information to help people of all ages make informed decisions about vaccinations.

Why Immunize?

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides information of why immunize ourselves, our children, and our family through its Why Immunize? resource.  
  • Examine the science behind vaccinations, the return of preventable diseases, and the risks of opting out - watch Vaccines - Calling the Shots (PBS website)
  • Download Free Vaccine Mobile App - Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know (Vaccine Education Center, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia website) 
  • Busy parents can access information on the safety, science, and importance of vaccines with this app for Iphone and Android.
  • Considering Delaying vaccination? Gain understating of What is the Harm in Delaying or Spacing Out Vaccines (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia)  
 DP Immunization Service

Parents - Are Your Children Up-To-Date on Their Shots?

Making the Vaccine Decision: Addressing Common Concerns

What Vaccines Does Your Child Need? (CDC website)

Childhood Vaccine Review Tool (CDC website)

What to Expect at Your Child's Vaccine Visit (CDC website)

Vaccine Information Statements - Information on Vaccines

Understand from Parents why to vaccinate on PKIDS Online
(Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases website)

Here are some helpful links to prepare you for your upcoming trip.

People entering the U.S. as visitors are not required to provide proof of vaccination regardless of the length of stay. See Ask the Experts for more information.
All Travelers 6 Months of Age and Older Should Be Protected from Measles. 
Infants 6 through 11 months of age should receive one dose of MMR vaccine before departure.
All other children 12 months of age and older, teenagers, and adults born after 1957 should have a documented record of 2 doses of MMR vaccine separated by at least 28 days or other evidence of immunity to measles as listed below.
Evidence of Measles Immunity for International Travelers Consists of One of the Following: 
  1. Birth before 1957, 
  2. Documented administration of 2 doses of live measles virus vaccine (MMR, MMRV, or measles vaccines),
  3. Laboratory (serologic) proof of immunity, or
  4. Documentation of physician-diagnosed measles.

Community Resources

Caring Van Schedule (Oklahoma Caring Van)

Need help paying for vaccines? (CDC website)

Get Answers to Your Vaccine Questions (Vaccinate Your Baby website)

Sound Advice (American Academy of Pediatrics website) 

Immunization Action Coalition

Vaccine Education Center - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases

Pregnant Women and New Moms - sign up for Text4baby - free cell phone text messages to keep you and your baby healthy.  It's easy and free.


Helpful Tips for Vaccine Safety:

  • Take the Vaccine Information Statements home with you; 
    • You will have them for reference if you need to know what vaccine side effects to expect and what side effects need immediate medical attention.
  • Keep a personal record of vaccines that you and your children have received.
    • Take these records with you to all health-care visits to ensure that you and your children are kept up-to-date on vaccines and so you or your child do not get extra doses of vaccine.
  • Report severe or unusual reactions to vaccines to your health care provider.
    • These reactions will be reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System which is a nationwide system for tracking adverse events following immunizations.  
    • The system will work only if reactions are reported.
  • Make decisions about vaccination based on reliable information. The decisions you make about vaccines can seriously effect your child's life, your life, and the lives of many other people in your community.
    • To find reliable information visit web sites that comply with good information practices for vaccine safety web sites.
    • The World Health Organization (WHO) publishes a list of the sites that comply with good information practices.
    • The following sites located in the United States are on the WHO list of web sites that comply with good information practices:
Special Announcements
Whooping cough is on the rise in communities across the United States. The disease can be very severe, even deadly, for babies younger than 6 months of age. Whooping cough vaccines are the best way to prevent the disease and protect the infants in your life. Ask your doctor about Tdap vaccine.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Where can I find a copy of my child's shot record?
A: You can find a record at the clinic or doctor's office where your child received the shots. If that doesn't work here are some more options.

Q: Why should we immunize against diseases we rarely see?
A: We need to immunize against diseases we rarely see because they still occur in other parts of the world and if we stop vaccinating the diseases will come back.

Q:  Will my child have any side effects from vaccines?
A: Most children have no side effects after receiving vaccines, however, some side effects are considered normal, such as mild pain, redness and swelling at the site where the shot is given. However, vaccines like any medicine can cause serious problems such as allergic reactions, although these are very rare.

Q:  Is it safe for my baby to receive all of these vaccines at one time?
A: Yes, babies' immune systems can handle much more than they are exposed to with several vaccinations on the same day.

Q:  What if we get behind on the schedule?
A: You do not have to start over. Simply make an appointment and pick up the schedule where you left off.

Q: Can I take my child to any County Health Department to get their vaccinations?
A: Yes, you can take your child to any County Health Department in Oklahoma to get their vaccinations. If your child has health insurance that covers the cost of vaccines, we recommend they receive their vaccines from your regular doctor or clinic. However, if your health insurance does not cover the cost of a particular vaccine, the child may receive that vaccine from a County Health Department.

Interesting Facts

Currently, all vaccines in the routine infant immunization schedule are manufactured without thimerosal as a preservative. As of January 14, 2003, the final lots of vaccines containing thimerosal as a preservative expired.

There is no scientific evidence that thimerosal caused any harm to infants.

Researchers have studied the meningococcal vaccines very carefully and they are shown to bevery safe.

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