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Immunization

Enroll in the Vaccines for Children program (VFC)

Many children in the County of Santa Clara have fallen behind on routine vaccinations, and families have concerns about the cost of getting their children vaccinated. The Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program is a federal program that provides vaccines at no cost to eligible children. The federal government purchases vaccines, which are then shared with VFC participants at no cost to them.

 Learn more and enroll in the California VFC 

 

Vaccine handling

Proper storage and handling techniques are critical to a safe and effective vaccination program. In this section, learn how you and your staff can be the first line of defense in protecting your patients from improperly handled vaccines.

 

Recommendations, guidelines, and tips for the proper storage and handling of vaccines:

California Immunization Registry (CAIR2)

The California Immunization Registry (CAIR2) is a secure, confidential, statewide computerized immunization information system for California residents.

A new California bill, AB 1797, effective January 1, 2023, requires providers to enter immunizations they administer as well as a patient's race and ethnicity into CAIR.

Ways to reach CAIR:

Medical exemptions

MDs and DOs can register to issue and manage medical exemptions through the CAIR-ME website. This website is where all new medical exemptions for school and childcare entry must be issued. 

Medical exemptions can only be issued by MDs or DOs licensed in California and must meet applicable Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) criteria.

View the CAIR-ME physician webinar and slides. 

 

Patient vaccination resources

Vaccine Information Statements

Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) are information sheets produced by the CDC that explain both the benefits and risks of a vaccine to someone who is going to receive a vaccine.

Federal law requires that healthcare staff provide a VIS to a patient, parent, or legal representative before administering each dose of a vaccine. Download and print VISs for your patients.

Immunization clinics
List of immunization clinics in the County of Santa Clara: English | Spanish | Vietnamese
Recommended immunizations schedule 
children and youths ages 0-18
Ages 0 to 6​ in English and Spanish                                 
Ages 7 to 18 in English and Spanish
Ages 0 to 18 at-a-glance summary
adults ages 19 and up
Ages 19 and up in English and Spanish                            

 

 

Educational resources by population

Pregnant people

Are your vaccinations up-to-date?

Materials order form

Use this form to order materials only if you work in the County of Santa Clara. If you are elsewhere and would like to order these materials, contact your local health department.

For the items you want to order, enter your desired quantity, noting the maximum units allowed for each item in a single order.

CLINIC AND PHYSICIAN MATERIAL

Limit to 5 per order
Limit to 5 per order

MEDICAL CHART MATERIALS

Limit to 250 per order
Limit to 5 per order
Limit to 200 per order
Limit to 200 per order

VACCINE HANDLING MATERIALS

Limit to 5 per order

For the following items, only 1 unit will be shipped for each box you check.