The goal of the Immunization Program is to prevent vaccine-preventable diseases that affect people of all ages in Detroit. We work to make immunization services accessible and increase the number of Detroit children who get needed vaccines on schedule. We participate in the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program, and do outreach and education in the community on why vaccines are important.
The Detroit Health Department's Immunizations Program provides immunizations at its Samaritan Center location for children and adults. At the Immunizations Clinic you will be able to get a history of your shot records (upon request) and receive vaccine education upon the receipt of service.
Vaccines for Adults
The Immunization Program also offers adult vaccines. We participate in the Michigan Adult Vaccine Program (MI-AVP), which provides free vaccines to uninsured adults who meet certain qualifications. We are also a part of the High Risk Hepatitis A & B Program. This program offers Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B vaccination to high risk adults, regardless of insurance status. Vaccines are also available for insured adults.
- Learn more about the Michigan Adult Vaccine Program.
- Learn more about the Hepatitis A Vaccine Program.
Vaccines for Children
The VFC Program helps provide vaccines to children whose parents or guardians may not be able to afford them. This helps ensure that all children have a better chance of getting their recommended vaccinations on schedule. These vaccines protect babies, young children, and adolescents from the following 16 diseases:
- Chicken Pox (Varicella)
- Haemophillis Influenza type B (HIB)
- Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
- Meningitis (Meningococcal)
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
Non-Medical Waiver Information
In December, 2014, the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules approved a new educational requirement for Michigan parents opting their children out of getting vaccinated before entering school and child care centers. The new rule was effective January 1, 2015 and required the parents/guardians who want to claim a non-medical waiver to receive education from the Detroit Health Department.
Please call (313) 876-IMMS (4667) for more information about non-medical waivers or to make an appointment for waiver education.
*Please note that appointments are required for this service.
To get vaccines for your child, call