Mississippi State Department of Health

Immunizations, schedules, travelers' information


Immunizations against 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.

The Mississippi State Department of Health provides all necessary immunizations at low cost. Immunizations are free if you qualify for the Vaccines for Children program.


Who needs immunizations?

What do we immunize against?

Our childhood vaccinations include:

For a complete list of recommended immunizations and when they should be given, see Children's Immunization Schedules.

Required Immunizations and Schedules

Certain immunizations are required for entering K-12 schools or daycares in Mississippi unless an exemption is provided.

Immunization schedules indicate the appropriate ages for required and recommended vaccines for children and adults.


A child may be exempted from immunizations for medical or religious reasons. Exemption requests should be submitted to our Immunizations Office.

Medical exemptions

Religious exemptions

Where to Get Immunizations

Childhood immunizations are widely available from:

Are Immunizations Safe?

In the vast majority of cases, vaccines are effective and cause only mild reactions such as fever or soreness at the injection site. Very rarely, people experience more serious side effects, like allergic reactions. Comprehensive studies have found no link between immunization and conditions such as asthma, diabetes or autism spectrum disorder.

Immunization Records


MyIR is an online service that lets individuals view their immunization records that we maintain, including those of their children. You can also print Form 121, required for school entry in Mississippi. Get started by registering with MyIR.

The Immunization Registry

Our Immunization Registry program records immunizations received by individuals from public clinics and participating private doctors. Health professionals can electronically report immunizations to the Registry.


To learn more about immunizations or to schedule immunizations for your child, contact a county health department near you, or call 601-576-7751.

Links referenced on this page
Exemptions    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,0,71,688,html ok
Immunization Schedule    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,0,71,439,html ok
meningococcal disease    https://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/
HPV    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,0,71,339,html ok
Adult Immunization Schedule    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,0,71,439,html ok
vaccine information for adults    http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/rec-vac/index.html
Travelers' Information Pages    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,1015,71,html ok
Children's Immunization Schedules    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,0,71,439,html ok
Required immunizations    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/41,0,71,303,html ok
Childhood immunization schedules    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,0,71,439,html ok
Adult immunization schedule    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,0,71,439,html ok
Medical exemptions    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,0,71,688,html ok
Religious exemptions    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,0,71,688,html ok
Community health centers    https://chcams.org/.well-known/captcha/?r=%2Fbrowse-community-health-centers%2F
County health departments    http://msdh.ms.gov/page/32.html ok
Why Immunize? What Parents Should Know About Childhood Immunizations    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,15556,71,html ok
Vaccines and autism    http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/concerns/autism.html
MyIR    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,0,71,969,html ok
Register or view records with MyIR    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,0,71,969,html ok
Immunization Registry access and information    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/31,0,136,html ok
MyIR    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,0,71,969,html ok
More about electronic reporting of health records    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,0,356,html ok
a county health department    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/19,0,166,html ok
Immunization Staff    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,18960,71,pdf/ImmunizationStaff.pdf

Resources referenced
Immunization Staff    https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,18960,71,pdf/ImmunizationStaff.pdf ok

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