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The District of Columbia Department of Health (DOH) is encouraging parents or guardians to obtain required physical exams and vaccinations for their children before the start of the 2015-2016 school year. Completing well-child exam and immunization requirements ensures the safety and well-being of the entire community. Please contact your doctor or clinic now to avoid a long wait for last minute appointments.
Managed Care Organizations through DC Healthy Families:
The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months to protect against influenza viruses that are predicted to cause the most illness during flu season. Residents seeking the vaccine are encouraged to contact their primary care provider. The vaccine is also available at some local grocery stores or pharmacies. As a part of the District’s immunization efforts, DOH will continue to offer flu vaccine via its Immunization Program clinic located at 77 P Street, NE ONLY for District residents who are underinsured and un-insured.
DC Immunization Clinic
DOH operates one walk-in immunization “express” clinic that provides assessments and immunizations for uninsured and underinsured children and a limited number of adults.
The clinic is open Mondays and Tuesdays (except federal holidays) from 10 am - 2 pm and is located at:
77 P Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
The DOH works to ensure that all children are up to date on their immunizations (also called vaccines or shots). DOH’s immunization program provides the following immunization services:
For more information, including required documentation, please call (202) 576-7130.
Other services provided by the DOH include:
- Free vaccines to DC health care providers through the Vaccines For Children Program (VFC);
- Maintaining the Immunization Registry for recording and maintaining immunization records;
- Immunization record assessments for schools, Head Start and Licensed Child Development Centers;
- Education and training on immunizations for residents and providers; and
- Disease surveillance, and outbreak control.
Are you a provider interested in participating in the VFC?
VFC is a Federal program that provides vaccines free of charge to health care providers who serve patients under 19 years of age who meet the criteria listed below:
- Are eligible for Medicaid; or
- Have no health insurance; or
- Have health insurance, but it does not cover immunizations AND go to a federally qualified health center; or
- Are Native American or Alaskan Native.
If you are interested in participating in the VFC Program, please call (202) 576-9319.
What is the Immunization Registry?
The Immunization Registry stores immunization records for children as well as adults who live in the District of Columbia. The Registry helps providers to keep children updated on their immunizations, avoid unnecessary immunizations because of lost records, and helps with disease surveillance and outbreak control.
How do I report immunizations to the Registry?
Providers may transmit immunization records electronically via electronic medical record (EMR) or fax.
Schools, Head Start and Licensed Child Development Centers may fax immunization records and updates to the Immunization Registry.
For additional information, please call (202) 576-9301.