Are you having back pain with any of the following?

  • Severe pain, weakness or tingling in your leg(s).
  • Difficulty stopping urination or loss of control of bladder or bowels.
  • Unexplained fever, nausea or vomiting.
  • A history of cancer or unexplained weight loss.

We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.

We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.

Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.

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Teaching your children good health habits now will give them a solid foundation for growing strong and healthy. We offer resources to support you as a parent and help you handle the challenge of raising healthy kids.


One of the best ways to keep your child healthy is to stay up-to-date with all your child’s recommended immunizations (shots).

Shots aren’t just for young children. Preteens and teenagers need them too. Vaccines help:

  • Boost the body’s natural immune system.
  • Fight off diseases children are exposed to.
  • Prevent serious illnesses like smallpox from coming back.

Vaccines protect your child, family, and community from preventable diseases and keep us safe and healthy.

Unvaccinated children and adults can become very sick and spread illness. A decrease in immunizations contributed to recent outbreaks of whooping cough and measles in California.

California law states that children need to have completed all required immunizations before they can attend school or child care.

We’ll remind you

Download the My Doctor Online app for Kaiser Permanente members in Northern California at Google Play or the App Store. We’ll send you personalized reminders when your child is due for immunizations and well-child visits.


Recommended Shots

As children get older, they need additional vaccines and booster shots to stay protected against serious, preventable diseases. That’s why we follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) recommended immunization schedule.

Older children and teens need the following vaccines:

Diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis (Tdap). A booster shot is given at age 11. Tdap vaccine protects against 3 serious diseases caused by bacteria: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, also known as Whooping Cough.

Human papillomavirus (HPV). This vaccine protects against cervical, throat, and genital cancers. Preteen girls and boys should get their first dose during their 11 to 12 year-old well-child visit (checkup). The vaccine can be given as early as age 9.

  • Children under age 15 need 2 doses, at least 5 months apart.
  • Teens who start the series after age 15 will need 3 doses. Catch-up shots are available for older teens.

Meningococcal. This shot protects against meningitis, an infection around the brain and spinal cord. The vaccine also protects against bacteria that can cause a serious blood infection.

  • Children get the first dose at their 11 to 12 year-old well-child visit.
  • Teens receive a booster shot at age 16 or 17.

Influenza (flu). Everyone 6 months and older needs a flu vaccine each year.

Catch-up vaccines

Children may also need these catch-up vaccines, if they have not already received them:

  • Hepatitis B (HBV)
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • Polio (IPV)
  • Varicella zoster (chickenpox)

California law states that children need to have completed all required immunizations before they can attend school or child care.

Keeping Up with Shots

Use our online services and app to stay on top of your family’s health.

  • Check to see if your child is due for shots with Preventive Health Reminders. You can also print a copy of the record for school, sports, or camp.
  • Download our My Doctor Online app. The app makes it easy to remember your child’s immunization dates and well-child visits. We’ll notify you when your child is due for shots.

You’ll need an active account with caregiver access, called Act for a Family Member. If you aren't able to set up access online, call the Appointment and Advice line at 1-866-454-8855 to request your child’s immunization information.

Just need shots? No appointment needed.

You don’t need an appointment if your child needs a vaccine but is not due for a well-child visit. Drop in to any Kaiser Permanente medical center between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays. (Note: many offices are closed for lunch between 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.)

Has it been more than a year since your child’s last well-child visit (checkup)?

Please schedule an appointment with your child’s doctor soon. We can take care of the shots your child needs at that visit. You can schedule well-child appointments online, or by phone.

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After the Shots

Most children and teens feel fine after the shots and return to their usual activities.

Others may have mild reactions, such as a sore arm or swelling at the site of the shot, or a low fever. Serious side effects are very rare.

If your child has swelling or soreness at the site of the injection:

  • Remove the bandage.
  • Apply a cold compress to reduce swelling.
  • Use a warm compress 24 hours after the shot.
  • Encourage gentle arm stretching.

If your child is uncomfortable, you can give acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin).

Our Pediatric Dosage Guide can help you determine the right amount of pain medicine to give your child. Remember, do not give aspirin to anyone under age 20.

Protection You Can Trust

Vaccines protect your child, family, and community from serious diseases.

Outbreaks of measles, whooping cough, and chickenpox still occur. But these diseases can be prevented with vaccines. Children who are not immunized can become very sick from these diseases and infect others.

We believe that no child should suffer from a preventable disease when safe, effective protection is available.

With so much information on the Internet, we know parents face conflicting information about vaccines. Please call us or send a secure email to your doctor and we'll answer any questions you have about protecting your child.

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