Childhood Immunizations

Howard County Health Department offers immunizations through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program to eligible children through 18 years of age who meet the following criteria: 

  • No Health Insurance 
  • Medical Assistance
  • Health Insurance that doesn’t cover vaccines 

Private health insurance is not accepted at this time. Children with private health insurance should schedule immunization appointments with their primary care provider.  

However, if you are not able to get an appointment with your healthcare provider in a timely manner, you are still able to have your children vaccinated at the Health Department.  Parents pay only for the cost of the vaccine and an administration fee, after which, the receipt may be submitted to the insurance company for a refund.

Call 410-313-7500 for more information and to make an appointment.

You MUST bring the child's immunization record. A parent or guardian must accompany the children to the clinic appointment.   

Pre-Teen and Adolescent Immunizations:

CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that pre-teens get several vaccines at their 11 or 12 year old check-up.

  • Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap)Three teens with bandaids on their arms from a vaccine
  • Meningococcal (meningitis) conjugate vaccine (MCV4)
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardisil 9  (Available to boys and girls)
  • Menigococcal B

These vaccines prevent serious, sometimes life-threatening diseases. Immunity from some childhood vaccines can decrease over time, so people need to get another dose of the vaccine during their pre-teen years. Also, as children move into adolescence, they are at greater risk of catching certain diseases, like meningitis and HPV. If your child did not get these vaccines at age 11 or 12, schedule an appointment to get them now.

Child Immunizations:

  • DTaP protects against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus(lockjaw).
  • IPV protects against polio (can cause paralysis of the arms and legs).
  • MMR protects against measles, mumps and rubella.
  • HEPATITIS B and HEPATITIS A protects against Hepatitis B or Hepatitis A which can cause liver damage.
  • VARIVAX protects against chickenpox.
  • HIB protects against Haemphilus Influenza B which causes brain infections and brain damage.
  • PREVNAR(PCV7) protects against respiratory and ear infections, as well as pneumonia.
  • ROTAVIRUS protects your baby from severe diarrhea.  
Immunization Guidelines

If your child has not had all of these immunizations, or if you are not sure which immunizations your child has received, call your doctor or the Howard County Health Department at 410-313-7500.

Vaccination Schedules - Birth through 6 Years & 7 through 18 Years