Local Resources

There are many resources for immunization in the city of Philadelphia. Below you will find a list of locations that offer flu and travel vaccines, public health centers and immunizations required for admission into the Philadelphia school system.

Federally Qualified Health Centers

Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are “safety net” providers such as community health centers. The main purpose of the FQHC Program is to enhance the provision of primary care services in underserved communities.

Click here for a full list of FQHCs in Philadelphia or refer to the map below.

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Philadelphia School Requirements

The Philadelphia Board of Health requires the following vaccinations for children attending any K-12 school (public, parochial, private and charter) in the city:

  • Diphtheria
  • Hepatitis B
  • Measles
  • Meningococcal
  • Mumps
  • Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
  • Polio
  • Rubella (German Measles)
  • Tetanus
  • Varicella (Chickenpox)

Click here for the full list of required immunizations for the 2015-16 school year

The Philadelphia Vaccines for Children (VFC) program can help uninsured and underinsured families obtain school required vaccines.

Immunization requirements for school may differ for other Pennsylvania counties. Click here to see the requirements for the rest of the state.

Travel Clinics

The risk of acquiring illness while traveling to a foreign country depends on the area of the world to be visited, the duration of the trip, and the activities performed while traveling. Recommendations for international travelers apply primarily to the type of immunizations and preventive medications needed for US travelers planning to visit areas of the world where infections such as yellow fever, hepatitis, typhoid fever, and malaria occur. Persons planning travel to areas of the world where these diseases exist should consult with a physician at least 4 weeks before departure.

The City of Philadelphia’s Public Health Centers do not offer services for immunizations or travel health, but there are many providers of these services in the area. Click here for a list of travel health clinics in Philadelphia.

Find information on travel immunizations and precautions specific to the country to which you are traveling at:

Philadelphia Immunization Coalition

Immunization advocacy Philadelphia

Each spring the Philadelphia Immunization Coalition (PIC) organizes an immunization workshop. In 2013, the event is on Thursday, April 25th at Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.

Learn more about PIC by following their Facebook page.


City of Philadelphia Resources

City of Philadelphia Government


Department of Public Health (PDPH)


PDPH AHS Health Centers


PDPH Board of Health


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