The Shelby County Health Department's Immunization Program supports preventive health efforts by promoting improved immunization coverage in the community thereby reducing the risk for vaccine-preventable diseases in all ages. Primary services include community outreach, education, perinatal hepatitis B case management, quality monitoring of childhood vaccine coverage, and serving as a resource, coordinator, and monitor for the federal Vaccines For Children (VFC) Program.
The Health Department provides immunization records on request, if the data is available in Tennessee’s online vaccination database. To request vaccination records, call 901-222-9331 Monday – Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Vaccination records may be picked up at any of our public health clinics, which can also provide any needed vaccinations to bring children up to date on school requirements. Make an appointment at one of our public health clinics by calling 901-222-9000. Find a public health clinic near you.
COVID-19 vaccinations are available in Shelby County to anyone who meets the vaccination criteria and are provided at no cost. For more information, visit https://www.shelby.community/ or call 901-222-SHOT(7468).
Vaccinations Required for School Entry:
Vaccinations against a number of illnesses are required for children entering child care/daycare for the first time, kindergarten, 7th grade and children newly enrolled in school in Tennessee in grades other than kindergarten. Below are current vaccination requirements in Tennessee:
Requirements for children enrolling in child care, pre-school or pre-kindergarten:
Requirements for children enrolling in kindergarten:
Requirements for children entering 7th grade:
- Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis booster (Tdap) - evidence of one Tdap dose given before 7th grade entry (administered at or after age 10) is required regardless of Td history
Requirements for children newly enrolling in Tennessee schools in grades other than kindergarten:
Requirements for full-time Tennessee college students:
For more information about required vaccinations, please refer to the Tennessee Department of Health's Immunization page.
Visiting another country can put you at risk for diseases that may not normally be found in the United States. Getting vaccinated against certain diseases is one of the most effective things you can do to protect your health abroad.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has extensive online information resources for travelers, including advisories and vaccination recommendations by country and region. Those resources are available here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel. But regardless of your destination: