Immunization information for health providers

The resources listed here include information regarding vaccine provider education and enrollment, storage and handling, and resources to share with patients in your office.  Please encourage patients to be up to date on all CDC recommended vaccines to stay protected from vaccine preventable disease. 

Enroll in the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program

Many children in Santa Clara County have fallen behind on routine vaccinations, and families have concerns about the cost of getting their children vaccinated. The 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.

Patient education campaign

Vaccine provider information

    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:

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

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

    Enroll Your Organization in CAIR2!
    Enroll to submit information electronically from your EHR
    Enroll to enter information manually into CAIR2

    Contact your CAIR Bay Area Regional Representative about integrating this computerized system into your office practices. 

    Visit CAIR2 for more information. 

    Email [email protected]​ for CAIR2 assistance.

    All new medical exemptions for school and childcare entry must be issued through the CAIR-ME website. 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.

    • MDs and DOs can register to issue and manage medical exemptions through the CAIR-ME website.

    Tips to encourage vaccination for staff 

    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-vaccine recipients. Federal law requires that healthcare staff provide a VIS to a patient, parent, or legal representative before each dose of certain vaccines.

    Immunization clinics list printouts

      • Recommended Immunization schedule for children 0 to 6 years old​: EnglishSpanish

      • Recommended Immunization schedule for children 7 to 18 years old​​: EnglishSpanish

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