The District of Columbia Department of Health (DOH) encourages 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.
Immunizations are the single most important way to protect your family against serious and sometimes deadly diseases.
The DC DOH Immunization Program works with families, providers and community partners to make sure children and adults in the District are protected against vaccine-preventable disease.
My Family and Me
Looking for your immunization records?
In order to obtain your immunization records, please submit the DC Department of Health Release of Immunization Information Form below. Once you have completed and signed the form, please fax to (202) 576-6418 or email (email@example.com) it with a copy of your ID. After we receive and verify the submitted form and ID, we will securely send you your requested immunization records.
The flu vaccine is recommended for anyone over the age of six months to protect against influenza viruses that may cause the most illness during flu season. Contact your primary care provider if you seek to receive the vaccine. The vaccine is also available at select grocery stores and pharmacies located throughout the District. As a part of the District’s immunization efforts, DOH offers the flu vaccine through its Immunization Program clinic located at 77 P Street, NE. The clinic is ONLY for underinsured and un-insured District residents.
DC Immunization Express Clinic
Also for District residents, DOH operates a walk-in immunization “express” clinic that provides assessments and immunizations for uninsured and underinsured children and a limited number of uninsured 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
DOH works to ensure that all District children are up to date on their immunizations (also called vaccines or shots). For more information, including required documentation, please call (202) 576-7130. The DOH Immunization Program offers the following:
- Free vaccines to DC healthcare 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
- Disease surveillance, and outbreak control
- Other Services
Looking for Travel Vaccines?
DC Travel Clinic Listings (Privately Run)
Schools and Licensed Childcare Development Centers
How do I report immunizations to the District of Columbia Immunization Information System (DOCIIS)?
Schools, Head Start and Licensed Child Development Centers may securely email or fax immunization records and updates to the immunization registry (DOCIIS).
For additional information, please call (202) 576-9301.
Looking for the current school immunization requirements?
Licensed Childcare Development Centers
- LCDC Immunization Requirements
- Immunization Compliance for LCDCs
Health Care Professional and Vaccines for Children (VFC)
VFC is a Federal program that provides vaccines free of charge to healthcare 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.
- Pediatric Vaccine Administered Record (VAR) [PDF]
- Instructions for Pediatric Vaccine Administered Record [PDF]
- Adult Vaccine Administered Record [PDF]
- Instructions for Adult Vaccine Administered Record [PDF]
- DC Universal Health Certificate (UHC)
- DC Universal Health Certificate (UHC) Instructions
- District of Columbia Oral Health (Dental Provider) Assessment Form [PDF]
- Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)
- CDC Immunization Schedules
- Immunization Action Coalition
- National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
- Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS)
VAERS – Report Adverse Event Online
How do I report immunizations to DOCIIS (immunization registry)?
Providers may transmit immunization records electronically via electronic medical record (EMR) or by sending Vaccine Administration Records (VARs) via fax. For additional information, please call (202) 576-9301.