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Kentucky Immunization Program

Immunization Certificates

The Immunization Registry is currently undergoing system improvements. As a result, the Web portal is unavailable until further notice.

During this service interruption, providers are asked to print immunization certificates from electronic medical record systems or hand-write immunization certificates using the immunization history in a patient’s charts. Use the links below to print blank immunization certificates.

Kentucky EHR Incentive Program participants are not affected by the Immunization Registry Web portal issues. Meaningful use requirements will continue to be met by submitting immunization data through the Kentucky Health Information Exchange.

We apologize for the inconvenience and will keep you updated on any changes. Please contact the Kentucky Immunization Program with questions or concerns by calling (502) 564-4478.

Immunization Certificate
Medical Exemption Certificate
Religious Exemption Certificate
Provisional Certificate

The 2014 Kentucky Conference on Viral Hepatitis

Kentucky Rural Health Association, in partnership with Kentucky Department for Public Health's Adult Viral Hepatitis Prevention Program and Kentucky Immunization Program, is proud to present:

Hepatitis: The Silent Epidemic in Kentucky
July 24, 2014

Kentucky Immunization Program

The Kentucky Immunization Program works to provide services aimed at preventing and reducing the risk and incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases for all Kentuckians.

Vision:  Living free of vaccine-preventable diseases

Mission:  Prevent, promote and protect through education and collaboration to eliminate vaccine-preventable diseases in Kentucky

Guiding Principles: 

  • Dedication
  • Knowledge
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Flexibility
  • Compassion
  • Teamwork

Services Include:

  • Providing vaccines to Vaccines for Children-enrolled health care providers at no cost
  • Enforcing school and child care immunization regulations
  • Providing immunization education and training for health care providers and the general public
  • Coordinating surveillance and control efforts for vaccine-preventable diseases
  • Promoting vaccine safety
  • Developing effective partnerships
  • Supporting efforts to increase vaccinations for all Kentuckians
Immunization Program Information

Health Care Professionals

This section contains information aimed at health care providers, public health employees and other health workers. This includes information regarding the Vaccines for Children Program, immunization registry updates, vaccine information, educational materials and program news updates.

Schools and Childcare Facilities

This section contains immunization information aimed at schools and child care facilities. This includes school immunization legislation and regulations, school immunization schedules, cheat sheets to immunization requirements, sample tickler systems and school immunization reporting forms and requirements.

Immunizations for the Public

Me and My Family

This section contains information aimed at the general public regarding immunization recommendations across the lifespan. This includes immunization basics, immunization schedules and recommendations, school entrance requirements and where to obtain immunizations.


This section contains information regarding influenza, including who is at risk, where to obtain the flu vaccine and seasonal influenza updates.

International Travel

This section contains information about where to access information regarding immunizations needed for travel to specific countries, as well as a information about where to obtain a yellow fever vaccine in Kentucky.

Meningococcal Information

What is Meningococcal Disease?

Meningococcal disease is a serious illness caused by bacteria and is a leading cause of meningitis in children 2-18 years old in the U.S. Meningitis is an infection of fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Meningococcal disease also causes blood infections.

About 2,600 people get meningococcal disease each year in the United States. Five to 10 percent of these people die, in spite of treatment with antibiotics. Of those who live, another 11 to 19 percent lose their arms or legs, become deaf, have problems with their nervous systems, become mentally retarded or suffer seizures or strokes.

Anyone can get meningococcal disease. However, it is most common in infants younger than 1 and people with certain medical conditions, such as lack of a spleen. College freshman in dormitories have an increased risk of getting meningococcal disease.

Meningococcal infections can be treated with drugs such as penicillin. Still, about one of every 10 people who get the disease dies from it and many others are affected for life. This is why preventing the disease through the use of meningococcal vaccine is important for people at high risk.

2013 Immunization Champion for Kentucky

Debra Bailey, MD

Debra Bailey, MD, FAAP, PSC
Pikeville, KY

When Debra Bailey, MD was a medical student, Haemophilus influenzae type b and pneumococcal vaccines were not yet available. Images of children dying from these now vaccine-preventable diseases have stayed with her throughout her career. These experiences led Bailey to focus on tracking her patients' vaccine histories to ensure parents have the appropriate vaccine information and resources.

Bailey reviews her patients' immunization histories at every visit and has implemented systems in her practice to track vaccine administration. She also makes educating parents about vaccines a priority, paying special attention to those with immunization questions or concerns. In addition to verbal counseling, she uses written and multimedia tools to help parents make informed decisions. Bailey also stresses to families that anyone in contact with their infant should receive the Tdap vaccine, including new mothers. Bailey also participates in the CDC Vaccines for Children program, which provides vaccines to children at no cost if parents or guardians cannot afford to pay.

Bailey also is helping to make immunization a priority for the next generation of health care professionals. She accepts both osteopathic medicine students and those from a family nurse practitioner program for rotations in her office so she has the opportunity to mentor them on childhood immunization.

Bailey's diligent care and strong emphasis on vaccine education makes her Kentucky’s CDC Childhood Immunization Champion.


Annual Immunization School and Childcare Survey

Last Updated 10/7/2014
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