Child Health/Child Immunizations

The Charles County Department of Health provides immunizations through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program to eligible children through 18 years of age. Our goal is to educate and assist caregivers with making decisions that will protect them, their children, and the community. We offer back-to-school, childhood, preteen and adolescent vaccines.

Eligibility Requirements

A child is eligible for the VFC Program if he or she is younger than 19 years of age and is:

  • Uninsured
  • Covered by Medical Assistance
  • Underinsured (has health insurance that doesn’t cover vaccines)
  • American Indian or Alaska Native

Children with private health insurance should schedule immunization appointments with their Primary Health Care Provider.

Back-to-School Vaccines

Here at the Charles County Department of Health, we provide all of the required vaccines for entry into Maryland schools.

This summer, we will be holding our annual back-to-school immunization clinics for children who need shots for the upcoming school year. Clinics will be held on the following dates:

Clinic Dates – By Appointment Only
Date Time
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Thursday, September 6, 2018 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Friday, September 14, 2018 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (301) 609-6783.

Childhood Vaccines

It is important to vaccinate children because their immune systems are not strong enough to fight serious diseases. Immunizing children also helps protect the community. Children who are too young to be vaccinated and people who can’t be vaccinated for medical reasons count on vaccinated individuals to prevent the spread of diseases.

The childhood vaccines we offer are:

Birth – 6 years

  • DTap
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hib
  • MMR
  • Pneumococcal (PCV13)
  • Polio
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)

7 years – 11 years

  • HPV
  • Meningococcal (MCV4)
  • Tdap

Pre-teen and Adolescent Vaccines

It is important to continue vaccinating preteens and adolescents. This age group is more susceptible to certain infections due to fading immunity and social habits. Pre-teens and adolescents need the following vaccines:

  • HPV
  • Meningococcal (MCV4)
  • Tdap

Documents to Bring

If the child is covered by Medical Assistance, please bring the child’s Medical Assistance card.

If the child has never been vaccinated at the Charles County Department of Health, immunization records must be received prior to the appointment to determine which vaccine(s) your child needs.

Additional Resources

Maryland School Vaccination Requirements

Vaccines by Age Group

Vaccine Information Statements

Vaccine Information Statement Translations