Immunization Schedules (Mississippi State Department of Health)
Immunizations against certain childhood diseases are required by Mississippi law in order to enter school, Head Start, or day care. Specific vaccinations are also recommended for students entering high school or college. Follow the link above to find information about which vaccinations your child needs and when.
Medical Exemption Information
Exemptions are made for certain children who cannot receive immunizations due to certain medical conditions. To request a medical exemption from one or more required vaccinations, the MSDH Medical Exemption Request (Form 139) must be completed and signed by the child’s pediatrician, family physician, or internist who is duly licensed in Mississippi. Children receiving specialized or tertiary care outside of the state may have medical exemption requests completed and signed by their tertiary care physician. Exemption from required immunizations for religious, philosophical, or conscientious reasons is not allowed under Mississippi law.
Vaccines for Children Program
The Vaccines for Children program (VFC) is designed to allow children, zero through 18 years of age, to receive free vaccinations. Eligible children include those who receive Medicaid, Native Americans or Alaskan Natives, and children who have health insurance that does not cover vaccination. These children must be referred to a Federally Qualified Health Center, Community/Rural Health Center, or Public Health to receive their immunizations. More information on this program is available through the Mississippi State Department of Health.