Facts and resources for immunizations
An immunization is a vaccine, sometimes called a shot or a set of shots. Vaccines are given to children at different ages to help keep them from developing dangerous childhood diseases such as polio, measles, pertussis, chickenpox and tetanus. They work by causing a persons body to protect itself against certain disease-causing germs. One of the greatest success stories in public health is how effective vaccines are in preventing disease.
Vaccinations for school-age students
Illinois requires students to have proof of immunization to enter school. By October 15th each year, students must have an Illinois Child Health Examination form signed by a physician, nurse in physician’s office, school nurse, or local health agency and the form has to show:
- The type of immunization given
- Number of immunizations
- Dates immunizations were given
If the form is not received by October 15th, the child will be excluded from school until they can prove they received the required immunizations unless the child has a valid medical or religious exemption.
Vaccines required for students in Illinois
- 2018-2019 Minimum immunization requirements for those entering a childcare facility or school in Illinois
- Instructions to complete Illinois certificate of religious exemption to required immunizations and/or examinations form (8/8/15)
- K-12 School Immunization Requirements
- College Immunization Requirements
Does CCDPH provide immunizations?
CCDPH no longer provides immunizations. Please contact your primary care provider or local pharmacy.For a direct link to Ambulatory and Community Health Network of Cook County clinics, click here.