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Immunizations, also known as vaccines are one of our greatest defenses against many serious illnesses. The Illinois Department of Public Health’s Immunization Section conducts programs and initiatives designed to make sure each child in your family has up-to-date immunizations.

  • Immunization Basics
    Who, what, when, and why your family needs to get their immunizations (immunizations) and how you can get them.

  • I-CARE(Registry)
    Illinois Comprehensive Automated Immunization Registry Exchange (I-CARE) is the statewide immunization registry.

  • For Health Care Providers
    Resources to ensure that the immunization needs of patients throughout the State of Illinois are met. Resources include immunization schedules, immunization health education material request forms, and information on the VFC Program.

Back to School

Back to School Immunization Requirements

Beginning fall of 2014, all students entering, transferring or advancing into kindergarten through 12th grades will be required to show proof of receipt of two doses of mumps and two doses of rubella vaccine. In addition, students entering, transferring or advancing into kindergarten, 6th or 9th grades are required to show proof of receipt of two doses of varicella vaccine. Most students likely have already received the vaccine and simply need to provide the school with verifying documentation from their health care provider. See the attached letters and posters for more information.

Parent Poster - En Español - PDF
Provider Poster - En Español - PDF
Reminder of 2014-15 School Immunization Requirements - PDF




IDPH Immunization Program
525 W. Jefferson St.
Springfield, IL 62761
217-785-1455
800-526-4372 Toll-free
217-524-0967 Fax

CDC Immunizations Hotline: 800-232-4636

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Illinois Department of Public Health
535 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, Illinois 62761
Phone 217-782-4977
Fax 217-782-3987
TTY 800-547-0466
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