Children's health

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

Be wise: Immunize … and get a prize!

Make sure you stay current on your child’s shots 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.

We will even help take the sting out of your child’s shots by giving you a choice of a gift card when your child gets all necessary shots by his or her second birthday.

Get the recommended adolescent immunizations by age 13 and we'll send you a $10 gift card.

Questions to ask your child's primary care provider (PCP) 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, what should I watch for or call you about?
  • Can my child still get a shot when he or she is sick?

How to get your gift card:

  • Print an  EXTRAS Reward Form (PDF)
  • Fill out the information and have your child’s PCP sign the form.
  • Keep a copy of the form for your records.
  • Mail the completed form to:

    Tufts Health Plan
    Attn: Claims Department
    P.O. Box 9194
    Watertown, MA 02471-9194

Please note:

  • Your child must be a Tufts Health Together member when each visit takes place and we process your order.
  • You should get your gift card in 6 – 8 weeks.
  • Members can get one gift card every 12 months.

Behavioral health services

We also cover services that treat behavioral health issues that may affect your child, including mental health and/or substance abuse problems. MassHealth recently launched improved screenings and assessments for behavioral health, and created new behavioral health services. For more information, please see the Important Notice about MassHealth Behavioral Health Services for Children and Youths under Age 21.

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