Immunization Schedule [Source: Center for Disease Control (CDC)]
Ages 0-6 Years:
Ages 7-18 Years
Request an Immunization Record
You may access your child’s vaccine record on the Patient Portal, or you may fax a request for a copy to: (206) 542-9028.
Why Vaccinate Your Child
Childhood immunizations are the safest and most effective way to keep children healthy.
Because we rarely see the devastating effects of diseases like polio and whooping cough (thanks to vaccinations), some parents wonder why immunizing children is still needed. We want to assure you that we are here to answer your questions and address any concerns you might have, so you can do what’s best for your family and community.
Are vaccines really necessary, and are they safe?
Immunizations are one of the most important ways parents can protect their children against serious diseases. Children should have 80 percent of their immunizations by age two.
In the last 50 years, vaccines have nearly wiped out measles, polio, and some forms of meningitis.
Vaccines strengthen the immune system by helping the body to recognize and fight some viruses and bacteria.
Vaccines work well even in the smallest infant, who faces the most serious risk from infectious disease.
Infants are more vulnerable to infectious disease than older children because their immune systems cannot easily fight off bacteria or viruses. The effects of disease are more serious in infants than in older children. That is why it is so important to protect infants with immunizations.
A child is much more likely to suffer permanent harm from the actual infection than to have a health problem from an immunization. Serious vaccine side effects are very rare.
Immunizations are extremely safe due to advanced medical research and ongoing review by doctors. National databases constantly monitor potential problems with vaccines.
Vaccines not only protect the child who receives the immunization, but they also protect every one of us from these terrible diseases. As we vaccinate more children, we increase protection for all people, including the elderly, weak, and those who haven’t received all their vaccinations.
We are committed to making sure all of our families are fully informed so they can make the best decisions for their children, even those who choose to alter the recommended vaccine schedule.
School and Child Care Immunization Exemption Law
As of 2011, Washington state law requires that children must be immunized against certain vaccine-preventable diseases before attending a licensed child care center or school. Parents and guardians meet this requirement by filling out and turning in a Certificate of Immunization Status form, showing their child has the required vaccinations.
If parents or guardians want to exempt their child from immunization requirements, they must first get information about the benefits and risks of vaccinations from a licensed health care provider. The provider will sign the Certificate of Exemption form, which parents must turn in to the school or childcare center to exempt their child. Please schedule an appointment to discuss your child’s immunizations and exemptions with your child’s physician.
For more information about school and child care requirements and exemptions, please refer to Washington’s Department of Health.
More Info from Reliable Sources
- Healthy Children.org Immunization – American Academy of Pediatrics information for families about vaccines
- Vaccinate Your Family – Vaccinate Your Family is a program of Every Child by Two, and serves as a central resource of vaccine information for parents and caregivers.
- Vaccine Information – Information from the nonprofit Immunization Action Coalition on vaccine efficacy and safety, from infancy through adulthood
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Immunization Program – Information about vaccine safety, including a Parents’ Guide to Childhood Immunizations
- Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – a vaccine education website endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO), of which it’s a member
- Institute for Vaccine Safety, Johns Hopkins – Information to help guide decision makers and educate physicians, the public, and the media about key issues surrounding the safety of vaccines
- Plain Talk about Childhood Immunizations – A comprehensive, readable vaccine resource published by Washington State Department of Health