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What It Is

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

Why Immunize?

Vaccines are widely and routinely administered on the principle that it is better to keep people from falling sick than to treat them once they are sick. Vaccines have saved countless lives, prevented untold illness and, thereby, enriched the health of everyone in our society. The benefits of widespread use of vaccines by the end of the 1900s were so significant in diminishing pain and suffering from vaccine-preventable disease that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cited vaccination as the number one public health achievement of the 20th century.

It is important that we, as a society, continue to protect the health of our generation and generations to come by using life-saving vaccines. To do that, we must ensure that everyone, young and old, the haves and have-nots, receive all needed immunizations. Immunizations are and will continue to be one of the pillars upon which society builds good public health.

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 Regulation, Certificates, Registry Access, and Annual School and Childcare Survey

 

Amended Immunization Regulation

Effective June 21, 2017, 902 KAR 2:060 was amended. Please see the summary of recent changes for more information.

Immunization Certificates
(Effective June 2017)

Frequently Asked Questions

The Kentucky Immunization Program has received many questions about the recent changes to the Kentucky Immunization Regulation. Here are answers for some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs). For further questions, please contact the KY Immunization Program.

Immunization Registry Access

Visit KYIR for more information about the Kentucky Immunization Registry.

2018-2019 Annual School and Childcare Immunization Survey

The Kentucky Immunization Program (KIP) conducts an Annual School and Childcare Immunization Survey to assess the vaccine coverage of children in in Kentucky. In accordance to Kentucky Regulation 902 KAR 2:055, public and private elementary and secondary schools shall submit to the local health departments in their area immunization results on the Commonwealth of Kentucky School Annual Immunization Survey.  Surveys will be submitted by the links provided below. All surveys must be completed online, using the GenLog Application on the Kentucky Online Gateway. No paper copies will be accepted. Schools should utilize the materials to assist in completing each individual survey.

2018-2019 Annual School Survey Links and Instructions

Instuctions on How to Complete the Annual Immunization Survey- FINAL 2018.pdf

Notice of Noncompliance for Immunizations.pdf

 

For Parents and the General Public

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.

Influenza

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

For 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.

Infants and Children

Visit this CDC website for specific information regarding the following immunizations for infants and children.

Recommended Immunizations

  • Hepatitis B
  • Rotavirus
  • DTaP
  • Haemophilus Influenzae type B (Hib)
  • Pneumoccocal (PCV)
  • Polio
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) or (MMRV)
  • Meningococcal
  • Varicella
  • Hepatitis A
  • Influenza (annually) - There are several types of influenza vaccine of either live attenuated influenza vaccine (select populations) or inactivated influenza vaccine (most populations)

Please discuss these recommended immunizations with your primary care provider.

Adolescents

Visit this CDC website for specific information regarding each of the recommended vaccines.

Recommended Immunizations

  • Tdap
  • HPV
  • Meningococcal
  • Influenza (annually) - There are several types of influenza vaccine of either live attenuated influenza vaccine (select populations) or inactivated influenza vaccine (most populations)

 

If not already received by age 6:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Polio
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
  • Varicella

 

If high-risk:

  • Pneumoccocal (PPSV)
  • Hepatitis A

 

Please discuss recommended immunizations with your primary care provider.

College Specific

Visit this CDC website for specific information regarding each of the recommended immunizations.

Recommended Immunizations

  • Tetanus diphtheria (Td) (every 10 years)
  • Tdap (one dose in place of the Td booster)
  • Influenza (annually) - There are several types of influenza vaccine of either live attenuated influenza vaccine (select populations) or inactivated influenza vaccine (most populations)

If not already received in childhood/adolescence:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Polio
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
  • Meningococcal
  • Varicella
  • HPV

If high risk:

  • Pneumococcal (PPSV)
  • Hepatitis A

If travelling outside of the U.S, please visit the CDC Travel Web site for information on country-specific vaccines.

Adults

Visit this CDC website for specific information regarding each of the recommended immunizations.

Recommended Immunizations for All Adults

  • Tetanus diphtheria (Td) (every 10 years)
  • Tdap (one dose in place of the Td booster)
  • Influenza (annually) - There are several types of influenza vaccine of either live attenuated influenza vaccine (select populations) or inactivated influenza vaccine (most populations)

If not already received in childhood/adolesence:

  • Varicella
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
  • HPV (females and males younger than 26)

If high risk:

  • Pneumococcal (PPSV)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis A

Recommended Immunizations for a Healthy Pregnancy

  • Influenza only inactivated influenza vaccine is appropriate for pregnancy
  • Tetanus diphtheria (Tdap) once during every pregnancy or immediately postpartum

If high risk or indicated:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B

Recommended Immunizations to Protect a Newborn

The following immunizations should be given to all caregivers of newborns to help protect newborns from diseases for which they are not yet able to receive immunizations. Caregivers include: parents and other family members and day care providers.

  • Influenza (annually) - There are several types of influenza vaccine of either live attenuated influenza vaccine (select populations) or inactivated influenza vaccine (most populations)
  • Tdap (one dose in place of the Td booster)

 

Recommended Immunizations for People older than 60

  • Pneumoccocal (PPSV) - older than 65
  • Shingles (Zoster) - older than 60
  • Influenza Inactivated Influenza Vaccine

 

Employee Specific

Visit this CDC website for specific information regarding each of the recommended immunizations.

 

Recommended Immunizations for Health-Care Workers

  • Hepatitis B
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
  • Varicella
  • Tetanus diphtheria (Td) (every 10 years)
  • Tdap (one dose in place of the Td booster)
  • Influenza (annually) - There are several types of influenza vaccine of either live attenuated influenza vaccine (select populations) or inactivated influenza vaccine (most populations)
Recommended Immunizations for Educators
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
  • Varicella (unless documented proof of immunity is available)
  • Tetanus diphtheria (Td) (every 10 years)
  • Tdap (one dose in place of the Td booster)
  • Influenza (annually) - There are several types of influenza vaccine of either live attenuated influenza vaccine (select populations) or inactivated influenza vaccine (most populations)
  • Hepatitis B (special education teachers, nurses, custodians)
  • Hepatitis A (food handlers)

 

 

 


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