How to Get Immunized
For Children, Birth through Age 18:
In Washington State, all recommended immunizations are free to babies, children, and teens from birth through age eighteen. Your health care provider might charge an administration fee, but it can be waived if you are unable to pay it. For help finding health care for your child, visit ParentHelp123.org, or call the WithinReach Family Health Hotline (800) 322-2588. To find a clinic that offers immunizations, use our Resource Finder.
For Adults, Age 19 and Over:
Vaccines aren’t just for children. Depending on your age and other factors, getting your recommended immunizations can help protect you against flu, tetanus diphtheria and pertussis, HPV, shingles, pneumococcal and meningococcal disease, and hepatitis.
The Affordable Care Act (also known as health reform) requires health plans to cover recommended immunizations without charging a deductible, copayment, or coinsurance. Check with your health plan for more information. If you are age 65 or older and use Medicare, they will cover flu, pneumonia, and hepatitis B immunizations without copayment, and shingles is covered with varying copayments depending on your plan. If you do not have health insurance, visit ParentHelp132.org, or call the WithinReach Family Health Hotline (800) 322-2588 to learn more about low-cost health plans.
Pharmacies are a great option for adult immunizations if you have to pay out of pocket, and most accept health insurance as well. Check with your local pharmacy for information about what immunizations are provided or visit the HealthMap Vaccine Finder.
The Washington State Information Immunization System
The Washington State Information Immunization System is a statewide, lifetime immunization registry that keeps track of immunization records for people of all ages. It is a secure, web-based tool for health care providers and schools. The Washington State Department of Health administers the system. The data in the Immunization Information System is confidential – they will only give immunization information to you or your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic to help protect the health of your child. Individuals or parents may get their immunization information directly from the Immunization Information System by sending in a signed Authorization to Release form. Learn more about getting your or your child’s immunization information.