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Infant and Child Vaccines

Infant and Childhood Vaccines

Infant and Child Vaccines

Immunizations help prevent the spread of diseases and help keep Montanans of all ages healthy. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends vaccines for infants, children, adolescents, and adults. This webpage contains information and resources for parents/guardians and healthcare providers about the recommended vaccines for infants and children through age six.

For Parents/Guardians

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Why Vaccinate?

Vaccine Safety

Recommended Immunization Schedule

Preparing for Your Child's Visit

Paying for Vaccines

Social Media Resources
 

Why Vaccinate?

Vaccines protect your child from serious and deadly diseases. Mothers give their baby short term protection against some diseases before birth; however, as babies grow they need protection against more diseases. Vaccines reduce the risk of infection by working with the body's natural defenses to help it safely develop immunity to the disease. By following the recommended childhood immunization schedule, your child will be protected against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases by age two. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have questions and check to make sure your child is up-to-date on all their vaccinations. More information about reasons to vaccinate.

Vaccine Safety

Vaccines are very safe and effective in preventing serious diseases. Vaccines, like any other medicine, can have side effects. Some people report having mild side effects. Common side effects can include: pain, redness, sore arm or swelling at the injection site, fever, or headache. More information about vaccine safety.

Recommended Immunization Schedule

Preparing for Your Child's Visit

Paying for Vaccines

All children in Montana are eligible to receive low or no cost vaccines through their health plan or the Vaccines for Children Program (VFC). The VFC program provides vaccines for children in Montana ages 18 years and younger, who are underinsured or uninsured, Medicaid-eligible, American Indian or Alaska Native. Learn more about the VFC Program.

Social Media Resources

For Providers

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Ways to Ensure Your Patients are Fully Vaccinated

Recommended Immunization Schedule

Provider Tools

Provider Education

Answering Parents' Questions

Resources to Share with Parents

Print Material
 

What can you do to ensure your patients get fully vaccinated?

Recommended Immunization Schedule

Provider Tools

Provider Education

Answer Parents' Questions About Vaccines

Resources to Share with Parents

Print Material

 

Looking Ahead

Childcare and School Immunization Requirements

Is your child starting childcare or school soon? If so, it is important to know which vaccines are required to attend childcare and school. Learn about which vaccines your child needs on the childcare and school resources webpage.

Preteen and Teen Vaccines 

There are four vaccines recommended for your (soon-to-be) preteen and teen. Learn more about these vaccines on the MT TeenVax webpage.

 

Learn about Montana's Immunization Information System (imMTrax)

Montana's Immunization Information System (imMTrax) is a confidential, computerized database that stores immunization records for Montanans of all ages. imMTrax combines records from multiple immunization providers to form one shot record. Once entered into imMTrax, the record will be available when needed for future childcare and school entry, college admission, employment, and travel.

imMTrax and how it can help your family