Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

On-time vaccination throughout childhood is essential because it helps provide immunity before children are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases. Vaccines are tested to ensure that they are safe and effective for children to receive at the recommended ages. Thanks to vaccines, your child is protected from these diseases1:

Most parents today have never seen first-hand the devastating consequences that vaccine-preventable diseases have on a family or community. Some diseases that are prevented by vaccines, like pertussis (whooping cough) and chickenpox, remain common in the United States.

Vaccination by the Numbers

Vaccine for Children Program

C-UPHD provides routine immunizations through the Vaccines For Children (VFC) program.2 VFC is a federally funded program, administered by the Illinois Department of Public Health, that provides free vaccines to eligible children ages 18 and younger3. This program ensures that all children have access to immunizations, no matter their insurance coverage.

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Keeping Track of Immunizations

Most of your child’s vaccinations are completed between birth and 6 years. Many vaccines are given more than once, at different ages, and in combinations. This means that you’ll need to keep a careful record of your child's shots. Although your doctor's office will also keep track, people change doctors, records get lost, and the person ultimately responsible for keeping track of your child's immunizations is you4.

Once you know which vaccines your child needs, keep track with CDC's Immunization Tracker. You can print it out and take it to each of your child’s doctor visits.

Sources:
1. CDC, Vaccines for Your Children
2. CDC, Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program
3. IDPH, Vaccines for Children Program
4. Stanford Children’s Health, Why Childhood Immunizations are Important