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Immunizations for Missouri Students at Every Age

Missouri’s public schools want to keep your child safe and healthy from preschool through graduation and beyond. That’s why Missouri has built recommended immunization schedules based on the nation’s leading immunization, disease, pediatric and family medicine organizations.

That’s also why Missouri offers the Vaccines for Children Program, which we’ll talk about later in this post.

Immunizations from Birth to Six Years Old
From birth to age six, your child will probably receive a number of important immunizations, many of which can be given in combination, reducing the number of individual trips you’ll need to make to your doctor’s office or county health office.

Some of these immunizations include Hepatitis A & B; Polio; Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR); and Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTap). Your child will likely receive his or her Hepatitis B shot at birth, while the remaining immunizations are spread out over his or her early years of life.

Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services’ Easy to Read Immunization Schedules

Birth to 12 Years 

7 to 18 Years

Immunizations for Eleven and Twelve Year Olds
Between the ages of eleven and twelve, it’s recommended that your child be protected against Meningococcal Conjugate (MCV), Human Papillomavirus with a TDap booster.

Catch-Up Schedules & Booster Shots
If you’ve fallen behind on your child’s vaccinations, don’t panic. Instead, contact your pediatrician, family doctor or county health office to review your child’s immunization records and build a catch-up schedule for remaining vaccinations.

Some immunizations that your child is given at a young age will need a follow-up “booster” shot in your child’s preteen or teen years. Talk with your doctor or county health office to make sure your child is up to date on all recommended shots.

Free Vaccines
Are you concerned about the cost of your child’s vaccines or worried that your health insurance won’t cover immunizations? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers free vaccines for children who qualify. You can learn more about Missouri’s Vaccines for Children Program here

Why Vaccinate?
"Missouri's immunization program is working to stop the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases by providing vaccines to children and adolescents who cannot pay for them through the Vaccines for Children Program; educating health care professionals, medical providers and the public on the importance of vaccinations; and ensuring that children who are in child care and school are adequately immunized against diseases that are harmful and sometimes deadly."
Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services



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