Immunizations, also known as vaccinations or "baby shots," can protect your child from many serious diseases that may cause brain damage, heart or breathing problems, lung or liver damage, severe skin scarring, arthritis, paralysis, blindness, and even death. Keeping up with vaccinations is the best way to keep children healthy.
In Rhode Island, all students entering public and private preschools and schools must be age appropriately immunized. The requirements are based on national recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and on input from Rhode Island's medical community.
Immunizations are safe and effective. Children may experience a low-grade fever, fussiness, or soreness at the site of a shot. Serious side effects are rare. Talk to your child's pediatrician about any concerns or questions you have. (more)
In Rhode Island, the Childhood Immunization Program provides all recommended vaccines for all children (birth to age 18) at no cost. Depending on your health insurance, you may have to pay a small fee for the administration of the vaccine. If you do not have health insurance or a regular doctor, your child can get immunized at St. Joseph's Hospital's free immunization clinic (21 Peace Street, Providence, Rhode Island; 401-456-4359).
Walk-in's are welcome at St. Joseph's on the following dates and at the following times:
Immunizations at other times can be arranged by appointment. Please the child's immunization history to his or her visit.
Rhode Island regulation allows for exemption from immunization requirements for documented temporary, medical, or religious reasons.