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Immunizations are an essential part of public health. Immunizations, also known as vaccines, are a safe and effective way for parents to protect infants, children and teens from 16 potentially harmful diseases. Routine vaccination throughout childhood is important because it helps provide immunity before children are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases. In addition to individual protection, immunizations protect communities by preventing the spread of disease and protecting those that are unable to be immunized. Today’s vaccines are tested to ensure that they are safe and effective for children to receive at recommended ages.

NCHD can provide immunizations to children with Medicaid and for children that are uninsured. If your private insurance doses not pay for immunizations, we may be able to help. Call NCHD for more information or to make an appointment at the clinic nearest you.

Infant & Child

Infant and Child Immunizations

Immunizations help give infants and toddlers a healthy start.  Many vaccines require more than one dose so it is very important for families to follow the recommended childhood immunization schedule which can be found on this CDC web page for Pregnancy to 18 years. 
Colorado law requires students attending a public, private or parochial school to be immunized against certain vaccine-preventable diseases. Please visit this CDPHE Immunization Resources Page for more information school vaccination requirements.
Are you unsure which vaccinations your child needs?
Use the Child and Adolescent Vaccine Assessment Tool to find out! 
Graphic of a mama and baby giraffe next to a table of immunizations showing what immunizations are needed from birth to 23 months. Decorative text reads 14 by 2, vaccination schedule. Other graphics include the NCHD logo, and social media icons.
Preteen & Teen

Preteen and Teen Immunizations

Preteens and teens need additional immunizations to help extend protection from childhood vaccines. They also need protection from additional infections, such as meningitis and HPV cancers, before the risk of exposure increases.
Parents can help protect their children from these vaccine-preventable diseases by getting age appropriate vaccines on time. The recommended vaccination schedule for older children and pre-teens, as well as information about each of the diseases they protect against, can be found at this CDC link to the vaccine schedule for children 7-18 years old.
Photo of a blonde girl wearing a ponytail and pink tee shirt talking to a woman with brown hair and a pink medical scrub shirt with a stethoscope, looking down as she takes notes.
Graphic image of a chart for vaccines for preteens and teens with colored waves for each of four vaccines, a description, and the age recommended. Also shown is the NCHD logo and phone number.
If you would like to learn more about vaccine preventable diseases and immunizations for all ages, please visit
this CDC webpage Vaccines and Preventable Diseases.

Immunizations and Pregnancy

If you are planning to become pregnant, get off to a healthy start by making sure that your immunizations are up to date.  You can pass along immunity that will help protect your baby from diseases during the first few months after birth.  Vaccines before pregnancy can also help protect you from serious diseases, including rubella, which can cause miscarriages and birth defects. ​
If you are pregnant, two vaccines you will need during each pregnancy are Tdap and Flu. Talk with your doctor about these vaccines and other vaccines that you may need during pregnancy. Click here for more information on pregnancy and vaccination.

Adult Immunizations

Immunizations are not just for children. Protection from some childhood vaccines can wear off over time. You may also be at risk for vaccine-preventable disease due to your age, job, lifestyle, travel, or health conditions. All adults need immunizations to help them prevent getting and spreading serious diseases that could result in poor health, missed work, medical bills, and not being able to care for family.

All adults need a seasonal Flu vaccine every year. Every adult should also get the Tdap vaccine once if they did not receive it as an adolescent to protect against pertussis (whooping cough), and then a Td (tetanus, diphtheria) booster shot every 10 years.

Talk with your doctor to find out which additional vaccines, such as Shingles and Pneumococcal, might be recommended for you. Click here for more information on adult vaccines.

Planning to Travel? Visit the CDC’s Travelers’ Health website for more information on vaccines and traveling.  

Clinic Schedules
To see the annual influenza report covering the 2022-2023 flu season, please click here.

Immunization Clinic Schedules
All Immunizations are by appointment

Logan County

in Sterling on Mondays

call 970-522-3741

Morgan County

in Fort Morgan on Tuesdays

call 970-867-4918

Phillips County

in Holyoke on Tuesdays

call 970-854-2717


Sedgwick County 

in Julesburg on 1st Tuesday of each month

call 970-474-2619

Washington County 

in Akron on 1st Tuesday of each month

 call 970-345-6562

Yuma County

in Yuma on Wednesdays

call 970-848-3811

If you'd like more information about immunizations, please contact:

Christine Covelli, BSN, RN
(970) 867-4918 x2236 


or visit the CDC website

Reach Out and Read

NCHD recognizes that the development of literacy skills through early experience with books is significantly linked to children’s later success in learning to read. Children who receive books through Reach Out and Read enter school with greater vocabularies, stronger language skills, and a higher developmental level.

Books are distributed at our 6 sites during local child screening clinics and at Head Start registration; as well as the immunization, HCP, and healthy child clinics at NCHD.

For more information on Reach out and Read contact
Michelle Pemberton
970-522-3741 ext. 1239

Or consider the following resources:
Reach Out and Read
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