Resources for Encouraging Routine Childhood Vaccinations

Background

COVID-19 disrupted both in-person learning and routine well-child visits for many children over the last year. CDC’s public sector vaccine ordering data show a 14% drop in 2020-2021 compared to 2019, and measles vaccine ordering is down by more than 20%. CDC’s recent call to action pdf icon[1 page] outlined the steps that healthcare systems, health care providers, schools, state and local governments, and families can take to encourage catch up vaccination and protect children’s health.

As opportunities for in-person learning and play continue to grow, help us protect children by doing what you can to get kids caught up on recommended vaccines.

Web Feature: Catch up on Well Child Visits and Recommended Vaccinations

Use this web feature as a link in your social media posts, newsletters or other communication.

You may also use or adapt the content for your specific use. Any materials produced by CDC are in the public domain and may be used without attribution.

Mother and her child wearing medical masks in clinic.
Additional Resource for Health Care Professionals

Childhood Vaccination Communication Toolkit for Clinicians

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Social Media Content

Use or customize these messages on your social media platforms to spread the word about childhood immunization in your community.

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Infographic

Use this infographic to educate parents on the importance of getting children caught up on well-child visits and routine childhood vaccinations. The infographic is also available to download and print.

Power to Protect infographic

Vaccines: Power to Protect

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Newsletter template

Use this suggested language in emails or digital communications with parents.

Stay on track with your child’s vaccinations

As a parent, you want to keep your children safe. Routine childhood vaccinations are an important way to ensure that your child and community remain healthy and protected against serious diseases, like measles and whooping cough.

As opportunities for in-person activities and play continue to grow, [YOUR ORGANIZATION] encourages parents to make sure children are up to date on routinely recommended vaccines. Well-child visits and check-ups are essential for routine vaccination, even during the pandemic.

You can also review the 2021 easy-to-read immunization schedule recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  If you’re pregnant, now is a great time to find a doctor for your baby and schedule a visit to discuss any questions you have about vaccines.

For more information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent, visit these resources from the CDC:

If you have questions about vaccines, talk to your child’s healthcare provider.

Page last reviewed: June 24, 2021