Frequently asked questions

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Are vaccines safe?

Yes. Vaccines are very safe. The United States’ long-standing vaccine safety system ensures that vaccines are as safe as possible. Currently, the United States has the safest, most effective vaccine supply in its history. Millions of children are safely vaccinated each year. The most common side effects are typically very mild, such as pain or swelling at the injection site.

What are the risks and benefits of vaccines?

Vaccines can prevent infectious diseases that once killed or harmed many infants, children, and adults. Without vaccines, your child is at risk for getting seriously ill and suffering pain, disability, and even death from diseases like measles and whooping cough. The main risks associated with getting vaccines are side effects, which are almost always mild (redness and swelling at the injection site) and go away within a few days. Serious side effects following vaccination, such as severe allergic reaction, are very rare and doctors and clinic staff are trained to deal with them. The disease-prevention benefits of getting vaccines are much greater than the possible side effects for almost all children.

Where are the Immunization Clinics located?

There are two Immunization Clinics located at the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) facility; one Immunization Clinic at the Tinian Health Center; and one Immunization Clinic at the Rota Health Center. The Kagman Community Health Center also provides immunization shots to the public.

Are the shots for free?

Immunization shots are free for those who qualify under the Vaccines For Children (VFC) program.

What are the eligibility requirements?

The eligibility requirements are based on the federally funded Vaccines For Children (VFC) program. Below are the eligibility criteria.

Children through 18 years of age who meet at least one of the following criteria are eligible to receive VFC vaccine(s).

  • Medicaid eligible/enrolled: A child who is eligible for the Medicaid program.
  • Uninsured: A child who has no health insurance coverage.
  • American Indian or Alaska Native: As defined by the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (25 U.S.C. 1603).
  • Underinsured: A child who has commercial (private) health insurance but coverage does not include vaccines; insurance covers only selected vaccines (VFC – eligible for non-covered vaccines only), insurance caps vaccine coverage at a certain amount – once that amount is reached these children are categorized as underinsured.

Underinsured children are eligible to receive VFC vaccine(s) only through a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) or Rural Health Clinic (RHC).

Are there Immunization requirements for school?

Yes. By law, parents or guardians must ensure that your child is up to date with all required shots prior to enrolling your child in school. You must present a valid Health Certificate as proof that your child has completed all required immunizations. If your child is already enrolled and you receive a notice of delinquency then you must take action within two weeks. Children may be suspended from school until all immunization requirements are met.

The intent of the law is to protect our children, our families, school faculty & staff, and our community from crippling and deadly diseases.

What are the Immunization shots required for children ages 0 through 18 years?
  • Hepatitis B
  • Rotavirus
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, & acellular pertussis
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, & acellular pertussis
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b5
  • Pneumococcal polysaccharide
  • Inactivated poliovirus
  • Measles, mumps, rubella
  • Varicella
  • Hepatitis A
  • Meningococcal