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Children's health

Your child’s health

Children have special health needs. Taking care of your child’s health is a big job. We’re happy to help.

Immunize on time

Make sure you stay current on your child’s shots (immunizations) because shots can help keep kids healthy. Shots protect your child from harmful diseases like measles, chickenpox, and hepatitis A and B. There is a schedule for childhood shots, which you should follow with your pediatrician’s guidance. For example, the shot for chickenpox is due when your child is 15 to 18 months old. Childhood shots are perfectly safe, and we’ll send you rewards in the mail for getting your child immunized.

Questions to ask your child's primary care provider during a visit:

  • Does my child need a shot?
  • When is the next shot due?
  • When should I bring my child back to see you?
  • When I get my child home after getting shots, is there anything I should watch for or call you about?
  • Can my child still get a shot when he or she is sick?

If you or your child are under age 21 and enrolled in MassHealth Standard or CommonHealth, Tufts Health Plan will pay for all medically necessary services covered by federal law, including dental.

Behavioral health services

Tufts Health Plan also covers services that treat behavioral health issues that may affect your child, including mental health and/or substance abuse problems. These services are available to members under age 21 who are enrolled in MassHealth Standard and CommonHealth. For information about these services, call us at
(TTY: 888-391-5535), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We’re happy to help.

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