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Where and How to Get Vaccines

Where to Ask About Vaccines for Adolescents

There are many places to go to get adolescents vaccinated. Some of them are at a low cost or even free. Most insurance companies cover them. Ask about shots at:

  • The adolescent’s annual checkup
  • A physical exam for sports or camp
  • School clinics
  • County or city health departments
  • Pharmacies

Vaccinations and the Affordable Care Act

All youth under age 18 enrolled in new group or individual private health plans are eligible to receive the following vaccines without any cost-sharing/co-pay requirements (when provided by an in-network provider):1

  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap)
  • Haemophilus Influenza Type b (Hib)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Inactivated Poliovirus (Polio)
  • Influenza (Flu)
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
  • Meningococcal (Meningitis)
  • Rotavirus
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)

More Resources

There are a variety of resources from the federal government to help individuals and families get access to immunizations, including:

  • The OAH Adolescent Health Library features resources on access to coverage and services for physical health.
  • Get information about vaccines, what to ask the doctor, cost and insurance guidance, and a tool to find health centers near you at Healthfinder.gov (also available in Spanish).
  • The HHS Health Resources and Services Administration has an interactive tool to find health centers near you to access care, even for those who may not have health insurance.
  • Adolescents whose parents or guardians may not be able to afford immunizations may be eligible for no-cost services through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program.


1 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2010). The Affordable Care Act and Immunization. Retrieved from http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/facts-and-features/fact-sheets/aca-and-immunization/index.html.
Content created by Office of Adolescent Health
Content last reviewed on August 6, 2019