Talking to Patients About Vaccines

Vaccines are one of the most effective ways to prevent illness. A strong recommendation from a health care provider is the most important factor when patients make health care decisions, including immunization.

General Information

Vaccine Schedules (CDC).
Screening Questionnaires and Standing Orders for Administering Influenza Vaccine (DOH).

Schools and Childcare

School Immunization Requirements for Washington State.

2023-2024 school year information.

For parents
For school nurses

2024-2025 school year information.

For parents
For school nurses
For school nurses

Childcare and Preschool Requirements for Washington State.

For parents (updated December 2022)
For childcare providers (updated December 2022):
For childcare providers (updated December 2022)

Immunization Records

Help your patients easily access Washington State’s myIR system to retrieve their immunization records.

How to Access your Family’s Immunization Information, (DOH).
View or print your immunization record at MyIR Mobile.

Adult Vaccines

It’s not just kids who need vaccines! Adults need to keep up to date on their vaccines.

Protection from childhood vaccines can wear off over time. You may also be at risk for different diseases as an adult. Your adult immunization needs depend on your:

  • Age.
  • Lifestyle.
  • Medical conditions.
  • Travel plans.
  • Vaccination history.

Keep your immunizations current throughout your life.

Use the adult vaccine assessment tool to find out which vaccines you may need or talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist.

Where you can find vaccines.

Many healthcare provider offices and pharmacies offer adult vaccines. Call ahead for availability.

Visit the vaccine locator to find the nearest pharmacy with the vaccine(s) you need.


Pregnancy and Vaccines

Healthcare Personnel

Travel Immunizations

Vaccine Information Statements (VIS)

More Information for Providers