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What are immunizations?

They are vaccines to protect your children from getting sick or diseases.

Your child will get most of their vaccines when they are babies but they also need vaccines as they grow up to keep them healthy.

When your child starts kindergarten it is required by the State of Tennessee for your child to be up-to-date on vaccines before entering school. There is a sheet that must be filled out by your doctor to show if your child is up-to-date. If your child needs vaccines then call your doctor or visit your local health department.

Children should have the following shots by the time they enter kindergarten or at 5 years of age.

  • Hepatitis B (Hep B)
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP)
  • Haemophilus influenzae (Hib)
  • Poliovirus (IPV)
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
  • Varicella (Chicken pox)
  • Pneumococcal (PCV)
  • Influenza

Resource Links:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Instant Childhood Immunization Schedule

CDC Immunization Schedules

DOH Immunization Program