Immunization Information for Parents
DC Department of Health Reminds Parents and Guardians to Schedule Back-to-School Immunizations
Washington, DC –The DC Department of Health (DOH) reminds all parents and guardians of children who attend school in the District, to schedule their children’s immunization appointments for the next school year as soon as possible. All public and private school students are required to be up-to-date on all vaccinations prior to the start of the school year. Parents and guardians are encouraged to schedule vaccination appointments with their primary care physician early in advance, to ensure that their children will be ready for the upcoming school year. Parents should also bring their children’s immunization cards with them when taking their child to get vaccinated, as all District students will be required to present documentation of required vaccinations by the first day of school.
“Summer is a busy time for doctors’ offices as most families take the time between school years to update their immunizations and get their annual physical. Parents should make appointments ahead of time and not wait until the last minute to make sure their children are prepared for the upcoming school year,” said Dr. Pierre Vigilance, Director of DOH.
The following are required immunizations for all students:
The following immunizations are required for students in specific grades:
The Department of Health provides free vaccines for healthcare
providers that serve Medicaid eligible children and the uninsured. DOH
also provides free immunizations for uninsured and under-insured
District residents at its express clinic. For more information about
childhood immunizations or for a list of the express immunization
clinics, contact the Citywide Call Center by dialing 311.