Baltimore County Department of Health
Immunization Action Program
6401 York Road, Third Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21212-2130
Phone: 410-887-2705 (general questions)
Phone: 410-887-2718 (school requirements)
TTY users call via Maryland Relay
August is National Immunization Awareness Month, an annual reminder for all to get vaccinated against infectious diseases. View the immunization schedule for all ages.
Back-to-School Immunization Clinics - To assist parents in getting their children immunized before the start of the 2015 to 2016 school year, the Baltimore County Department of Health will provide recommended vaccines at no cost for children up to age 18 who are eligible under the Vaccines for Children program. Learn more about the Saturday clinics and the daily walk-in clinics at the health centers that are being offered in August and September.
Immunization is one of the best ways parents can protect their infants and children from potentially serious diseases. Over the years, immunization has saved millions of lives. Today, we can protect children younger than two years old from 14 serious diseases. Listed below are 14 diseases prevented by vaccines given to infants and young children:
Pertussis (whooping cough)
Rubella (German measles)
If your baby is in need of an immunization, call 410-887-2705 to schedule an appointment.
As of August 2014, all seventh-grade students in Maryland were required to have two additional vaccines:
- Tdap: Also called Boostrix and Adacel, this is a booster vaccine that prevents three diseases - tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough). The Tdap vaccine is often given at the 11-year-old check-up.
- Menactra: Also called Menevo or MCV, this vaccine prevents against several strains of meningococcal meningitis. The meningitis vaccine is recommended for children who are 11 years old.
If your child needs one or more vaccines, please schedule an appointment with your child's health care provider to obtain the needed vaccines or contact the Department of Health Immunization Action Program at 410-887-2705.
Certain vaccines are recommended to protect travelers from illnesses present in other parts of the world and to prevent the importation of infectious diseases across international borders. Which vaccinations you need depends on a number of factors including your destination, whether you will be spending time in rural areas, the season of the year you are traveling, your age, health status, and previous immunizations. To receive vaccines for international travel, contact the agencies below.
Revised August 20, 2015