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 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.
Click here for more information on vaccine preventable diseases and vaccines. Talk with your child's doctor if you have questions about vaccines.
Colorado law requires students attending a public, private or parochial school to be immunized against certain vaccine-preventable diseases. Click here for more information on school immunization requirements.
Preteen and Teen Immunizations
Preteens and teens need additional vaccines 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 the vaccines listed below on time. Some vaccines require more than one dose so it is very important for families to follow the recommended preteen and teen immunization schedule.
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.
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.
Planning to Travel? Visit the CDC’s Travelers’ Health website for more information on vaccines and traveling.
To see the annual influenza report covering the 2022-2023 flu season, please click here.
Immunization Clinic Schedules
All Immunizations are by appointment
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
in Sterling on Mondays
in Fort Morgan on Tuesdays
in Holyoke on Tuesdays
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.