Infants and Young Children

Infants and young children are quite vulnerable to infectious disease. Newborns have some disease immunity because of protection they receive from their mother during pregnancy; but this immunity decreases after the first few months of life. Through vaccination, children can develop immunity without suffering from the actual diseases that vaccines prevent. Immunizations help prevent the spread of disease and protect infants and toddlers against dangerous complications. Today, we can protect children from 14 serious diseases through vaccinations. Talk with a doctor or healthcare professional to find out which vaccines are recommended for young children at each medical appointment.

Adolescents

Immunizations are not just for young children. Preteens and teens need vaccines, too. Vaccines recommended for this age group help protect the child, their friends, and family members. While a child should get a flu vaccine every year, several other vaccines should be given when a child is 9 to 11 or 12 years old. Teens may also need a booster vaccine that requires more than one dose to be fully protected. Vaccines recommended or required for preteens and teens include:

  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine which can help protect both boys and girls from HPV infection and cancers caused by HPV
  • Meningococcal vaccine (MCV4) which protects against some of the bacteria that can cause meningitis
  • Tdap vaccine that protects against three serious diseases (tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough)
  • Annual Influenza vaccine, to protect against seasonal influenza (flu)
  • Talk with a doctor or healthcare professional to find out which adult vaccines are recommended for adolescents at each medical appointment.

Back-to-School Vaccinations

Preparing for school is a perfect time to make sure children are up-to-date on their vaccines. Colorado has immunization requirements for students entering kindergarten through high school.  Students who are not in compliance with immunization rules are excluded from school until they meet the requirements. Talk with a doctor or healthcare professional to find out which vaccines are recommended for school-aged children at each medical appointment. 

 

Contact Health

The Health Department has three locations:

Fort Collins office
1525 Blue Spruce Dr.
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 498-6700
Fax: (970) 498-6772

Loveland office
205 E. Sixth Street
Loveland, CO 80537
(970) 679-4580
Fax: (970) 679-4589

Estes Park office
1601 Brodie Avenue
Estes Park, CO 80517
(970) 577-2050
Fax: (970) 577-2060