The Connecticut Department of Public Health is expanding its childhood vaccination program.
The agency is adding three immunizations, including one for influenza, to the list of vaccines required for all children in the state.
Under the new Connecticut Vaccine Program, the state will now cover 14 of the 16 vaccines currently recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Starting Jan. 1, a new state law will require all health care providers who administer vaccines to children under the age of 19 to obtain the vaccines through the Connecticut Vaccine Program.
With a combination of state and federal funds, the state is able to purchase vaccine at the lowest price off a federal contract and provide them to clinics, private doctors and other health care providers at no cost.