Childhood Immunizations

At MaineHealth, ensuring that infants, children and teens get vaccines on time is a top priority.
MaineHealth supports this goal by:

  • Working with your doctor's office
  • Making changes in your community
  • Supporting policies that improve immunization rates

What are immunizations?

Immunization (vaccination) is the process of giving a person very small amounts of viruses or bacteria through a vaccine without causing the person to get sick. Vaccines help the immune system know and remember different diseases so that it can stop them from causing illness or death in the future.

Why are immunizations important?

Routine immunizations are one of the most important parts of pediatric care because they are the safest and best way to protect young children and teens from 16 diseases:

In Maine, all children under the age of 19 can be vaccinated at little or no cost to their families under the Universal Childhood Immunizations Program. Protecting children from these diseases helps prevent serious illnesses and death, and helps avoid missed days from school or work. Children who are fully vaccinated also support the health of our whole community by protecting other children and adults who are too young or sick to get vaccines.

For questions about immunizations for your child, talk to your child's primary care provider. Don’t have a provider?

All About Vaccines

Barbara Bush Children's Hospital pediatrician, Dr. Logan Murray, answers common questions about vaccines, explains vaccine science and the vaccine schedule.

Additional information and resources

From the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

General Childhood Immunization Information for Patients and Families

VaxMaineKids

Vax Maine Kids is a social media campaign providing local, accurate, evidence-based vaccination information, vaccine news, and helpful vaccine resources to the community. The website, Facebook page, and Twitter account provide information on why to vaccinate, vaccine schedules, vaccine safety, and help connect families trying to make the right choices for their kids.

Maine Immunization Program

The Maine Immunization Program provides resources for providers (including info on ImmPact), information for the public, program policies, currents news and public service announcements about vaccines, and contact information for MIP staff.

American Academy of Pediatrics

The AAP is an organization of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists.  This site provides information about its Childhood Immunization Support Program.

The Vaccine Education Center, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Provides complete, up-to-date and reliable information about vaccines to parents and healthcare professionals.

Immunization Action Coalition

Organization creating and distributing educational materials for health professionals and the public that enhance the delivery of safe and effective immunization services.

Vaccinate Your Family

Vaccinate Your Family is a program of Every Child by Two.  Every Child by Two was founded by Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and Former First Lady of Arkansas Betty Bumpers in 1991.  It works to raise awareness of the need for timely immunizations and to foster a way to immunize all of America’s children by age two.

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