Being a parent is a big job, and one of your main concerns is to keep your child
healthy. That’s why it’s so important to have your child vaccinated
to help protect them from harmful diseases. Give your child a lifetime of protection
by keeping them up-to-date with their vaccinations.
Babies and young children cannot fight many infections. The goal is to encourage
parents to immunize their keiki who are 12 years old and younger. Immunizations
start at birth and many should be completed before a child becomes 2 years old.
Children need a few more immunizations before starting kindergarten and between
ages 4 and 6. Children ages 11 to 12 should “catch up” on immunizations
they did not receive on time.
Adult and At-risk Immunization
Age and chronic conditions may increase your risk of flu and pneumonia. It is recommended
that all people ages 50 and older receive the influenza vaccine every year, and
everyone 65 years and older receive the pneumococcal vaccine at least once in their
People ages 2 through 64 who have chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease,
kidney disease, alcoholism, AIDS, or HIV should receive one influenza vaccination
every year and one pneumococcal vaccination prior to age 65. For people ages 2 through
64 who have asthma, only the influenza vaccination each year is recommended.
During the fall, HMSA sends immunization fliers to members who
are at increased risk for flu. The fliers include information
about influenza vaccination and encourage members to call
their doctor to make an appointment or to get a vaccination
at one of the community clinics.
All HMSA members 12 years
old and younger.
All HMSA members 50 years old and older.
HMSA members with asthma, diabetes, or heart disease.
All HMSA plans fully cover all recommended immunizations for children up to age
5. Immunizations for older children may require a standard copayment depending on
their plan coverage. Under the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment
(EPSDT) program, HMSA QUEST members can get free immunizations through age 20.
Akamai Advantage and 65C Plus members may receive influenza and pneumococcal
vaccinations free of charge through their health plan
participating provider. For members in other HMSA plans,
influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations may require a
standard copayment, depending on their plan coverage.
Members do not need to
enroll in this program. All eligible members will automatically
receive the annual immunization flier.