School Immunizations

For school-aged children, it's especially important to get vaccinated to stay healthy, and vaccinations are required under Colorado law to attend Colorado schools and licensed day cares, unless an exemption has been filed. Denver Health offers immunizations at our School-based Health Centers. Denver Health nurse manager Katherine Chichester answers some of parents' most frequently asked questions about vaccines and school here.

Does my child have to be immunized to attend school?

The Colorado board of health does require school-specific immunizations, however your child can be in the process of getting those immunizations or parents can apply for an exemption to meet that requirement.

How do I find out what immunizations my child needs to have?

There are several resources for this, including your school nurse, your provider or online references, such as the Centers for Disease Control.

Can I get all of my child's immunizations at the School-based Health Centers?

Absolutely. All of our 17 School-based Health Centers have every vaccine your child could need, regardless of their age.

How do I get my child immunized at a School-based Health Center?

Any child attending a Denver Public School (DPS) or an early childhood learning center in DPS can receive vaccines and other care at our School-based Health Center. To make an appointment, call the Denver Health appointment line at 303-436-4949.

If a child is seen at a School-based Health Center, who will be giving them the immunizations?

One of Denver Health's trained medical assistants will be the one providing the immunizations for your child.

Is it safe for my child to be immunized?

Absolutely. Vaccines are a safe and effective way to prevent many diseases.

Why is it important to have my child immunized?

As you may have seen in the news recently, there have been more and more outbreaks of measles, mumps and whooping cough. Vaccines help prevent these diseases and keep your child from getting the disease and spreading it to others, including younger children in the household.