Childhood Vaccination Toolkit for Clinicians
Get Kids Caught Up on Recommended Vaccines for a Safer Return to School
COVID-19 disrupted both in-person learning and routine well-child visits for many children over the last year. As a result, too many children have fallen behind on receiving recommended vaccines.
CDC’s public sector vaccine ordering data show a 14% drop in 2020-2021 compared to 2019, and measles vaccine is down by more than 20%.
Children need to get caught up now so that they are protected as they go back to in-person learning and summer camps. Healthcare providers can identify families whose children have missed doses and contact them to schedule appointments. Providers can also let families know what precautions are in place for safe delivery of in-person services.
Help Kids’ Safe Return to School – Get Caught Up on Recommended Vaccines
Please see CDC’s Call to Action which highlights ways healthcare systems, health care providers, schools, state and local governments, and families can help get children caught up on vaccinations.
- Resources for Encouraging Routine Childhood Vaccinations
- Catch-up Immunization Schedule for persons aged 4 months–18 years who start late or who are more than 1 month behind.
- The Vaccines for Children Program offers vaccines at no cost to eligible children through health care providers enrolled in the program. Children who are eligible for the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program can receive vaccines at no cost through a national network of participating health care providers. The VFC Flyer for Parentspdf icon provides answers to common questions.
- Reminder & Recall Systemsexternal icon may be one of the most powerful ways to catch up those who are behind and ensure optimal vaccination rates.
Provision of Pediatric Immunization Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Assessment of Capacity Among Pediatric Immunization Providers Participating in the Vaccines for Children Program — United States, May 2020 | MMWR (cdc.gov)