Catch up to go back to school

Get Caught Up on Routine Immunizations

Over the past year, many students have missed out on annual doctor visits, including appointments for routine immunizations. Experts estimate that 1 in 5 school-age children in the U.S. are now behind on shots to protect them from diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox (varicella), and meningitis.

All states require students to be up-to-date on their shots to return to school. As children head back to the classroom, educators and advocates can play a critical role in protecting them from preventable diseases by providing families and caregivers with information about these immunizations.  

Immunization requirements for school entry vary from state to state. Please check with your state health department or local school district. To learn more about immunizations and state requirements, visit

For Schools and Districts

Resources for Schools and Districts

Share information with students and families to ensure they are caught up on required shots to keep them in school.

For Families and Caregivers

Resources for Families and Caregivers

Call your doctor or local clinic to make sure your student is caught up on immunizations.


Balloon Breath

This self-regulating practice helps students address their needs at school, home, or the doctor’s office.

Feelings Chart

Emotions are a big part of our health and well-being. Parents and caregivers, help your kids share how they are feeling each day with this handy chart.

Spread the word!

Help families access immunization information to get their kids caught up on shots that keep them in school and protected.

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As children head back to the classroom, you can play a critical role in protecting them from preventable diseases. Share this important immunization info with parents and caregivers today: via @HealthierGen

Ahora que los niños regresan a los salones de clases, usted puede desempeñar un papel fundamental para protegerlos de enfermedades prevenibles. Comparta hoy mismo esta importante información sobre la vacunación con los padres, madres y cuidadores: via @HealthierGen