Childhood Vaccination Toolkit for Clinicians
Get Kids Caught Up on Routine Vaccines
COVID-19 disrupted both in-person learning and routine well-child visits for many children. 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%.
Now that schools have returned to in-person learning, children need to get caught up on routine vaccinations so that they are protected against serious diseases. Healthcare providers can identify families whose children have missed doses and contact them to schedule appointments.
The national vaccination coverage among kindergarten children during the 2020-2021 school year dropped by about 1% from the previous year— that amounts to 35,000 more children without vaccination documents.
- 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.
- Acceptability of Adolescent COVID-19 Vaccination Among Adolescents and Parents of Adolescents — United States, April 15–23, 2021 | MMWR (cdc.gov)
- Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Administration of Selected Routine Childhood and Adolescent Vaccinations — 10 U.S. Jurisdictions, March–September 2020
- Raising Child and Adolescent Immunization Ratesexternal icon
- US Primary Care Providers’ Experiences and Practices Related to Routine Pediatric Vaccination During the COVID-19 Pandemic – March 2021
- Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Routine Pediatric Vaccine Ordering and Administration — United States, 2020 | MMWR (cdc.gov)
- Vaccination Coverage with Selected Vaccines and Exemption Rates Among Children in Kindergarten — United States, 2020–21 School Year | MMWR (cdc.gov)
- 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)
- Decline in Child Vaccination Coverage During the COVID-19 Pandemic — Michigan Care Improvement Registry, May 2016–May 2020 | MMWR (cdc.gov)
- Notes from the Field: Rebound in Routine Childhood Vaccine Administration Following Decline During the COVID-19 Pandemic — New York City, March 1–June 27, 2020 | MMWR (cdc.gov)