Vaccines can be received as part of the yearly well child exam, at some pharmacies or clinics inside grocery stores/drug stores, or in free clinics offered in certain areas. Local health departments give vaccines, as well. Texas discontinued their free Shots Across Texas program in 2012 due to less children qualifying for the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program.
August is National Immunization Awareness Month, so I want to remind parents to keep a current copy of your child's vaccines and review them annually to ensure there are none needed. If your child has yearly wellness exams, your doctor will review his/her vaccine record at that visit.
Here are some good resources with information regarding vaccines:
- Get Important Shots
- Get a Pneumonia Shot
- Get Your Child’s Shots on Schedule
- Get Your Pre-teen’s Shots on Schedule
- Prepare for a Flu Pandemic
- Protect Yourself from Seasonal Flu