Immunization Branch

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Kentucky Immunization Branch works to prevent and reduce the risk and incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases. 



Programs and Services

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

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)

Immunization Registry Access

Visit KYIR for more information about the Kentucky Immunization Registry.

Annual School Immunization Survey

The Kentucky Immunization Branch conducts an annual survey to assess the vaccine coverage of children in Kentucky. In accordance with Kentucky administrative regulation 902 KAR 2:055 public and private elementary and secondary schools submit their immunization survey results via the online survey links sent. There are separate surveys for Kindergarten, Seventh and Eleventh grade surveys. 

School Immunization Survey Dashboard


Annual School Immunization Reports for Previous Years

Infants and Children

Visit the 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/adolescence:

  • 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)

Influenza

The influenza page provides information including who is at risk, where to obtain the  influenza vaccine and seasonal influenza updates.

For Health Care Professionals

The health care professionals page contains information aimed at health care providers regarding the Vaccines for Children Program, immunization registry updates, vaccine information, educational materials and program news updates.

Perinatal Hepatitis B Form 399  Printable EPID-399 form for hospitals

Yellow Fever Vaccination Center Application

The County Level Adolescent Coverage Rate Report documents adolescent vaccination rates in Kentucky. Rates reflect only data reported to KYIR. 

The Field Representive Coverage Map shows the name and contact information of current Immunization Branch representative assigned to each county.

Field Staff Map ​​

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