Your Child and Routine Vaccines
Vaccines are safe and help kids grow up happy, healthy, and strong. The vaccines protect children, their friends and classmates, and the community from preventable and serious diseases. Infants and children should get vaccines early in life, as recommended by their doctors, because they can catch serious diseases at a young age.
Make sure your child stays healthy and up to date on vaccines by following three steps:
1. Talk to their doctor
Talk to your child’s doctor about what vaccines your child still needs and which vaccines are required for school or childcare. If your child missed a dose or is missing a vaccine, you can still catch up!
See the required and recommended vaccines in California section below to find out what vaccines are required for childcare and school. Children 6 months and older should get the flu vaccine every year.
If your child does not have a regular doctor or insurance, a community clinic can help you. Find a clinic.
Bivalent COVID vaccines, also called “boosters” or “Omicron boosters,” are safe and effective. They are free to everyone ages 6 months and older, no matter your immigration or insurance status.
2. Make an appointment and keep it!
Make an appointment to get your child caught up on their vaccinations by calling their doctor’s office or a clinic near you. All Santa Clara County community clinics offer free or low-cost routine vaccinations for children.
Community clinics have drop-in vaccination sites available for COVID vaccines. You don’t need an appointment! Find a drop-in clinic near you.
Required and recommended vaccines in California
Your child is required to have certain vaccines for child care and school. Other vaccines are highly recommended to give them the best protection. View vaccine schedules below.