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

Does CCDPH provide immunizations?

CCDPH no longer provides immunizations. Please contact your primary care provider or local pharmacy. If you do not have a primary care provider or medical insurance, please use our resource directory to locate services. For a direct link to Ambulatory and Community Health Network of Cook County clinics, click here.

13 major diseases can be prevented with vaccines

Click here for a list of vaccine preventable diseases. For immunizations, contact your healthcare provider or use our online resource directory. If you do not have health insurance, visit the CountyCare website for eligibility requirements and to enroll.