This schedule may vary depending upon where you live, your
child's health, the type of vaccine, and the vaccines
available. Some of the vaccines may be given as part of a
combination vaccine so that your child gets fewer shots. Ask your
doctor about which vaccines your child should receive.
Hepatitis B vaccine (HBV); recommended to give the first dose at
birth, but may be given at any age for those not previously
Second dose should be administered 1 to 2 months after the
Diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis vaccine
Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine
Inactivated poliovirus vaccine
Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine
6 months and annually
Influenza vaccine is now recommended every year for children
older than 6 months (instead of just the youngest, as before).
Kids under 9 who get a flu vaccine for the first time will
receive it in two separate doses a month apart.
Although young tots (from 6 months to 5 years old) are still
considered the group of kids who need the flu vaccine the most,
updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) now recommend that all older kids and teens get
it, too (as long as enough is available).
It's also especially important for high-risk kids to be
vaccinated. High-risk groups include, but aren't limited to,
kids with asthma, heart problems, sickle cell anemia, diabetes,
and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
It can take up to 1 or 2 weeks after the shot for the body to
build up protection to the flu.
Measles, mumps, and rubella (German measles) vaccine
Hepatitis A vaccine; given as two shots at least 6 months
Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for girls, given as 3 shots
over 6 months. Also recommended for girls ages 13 to 18 years if
they have not yet been vaccinated.
Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis booster
Meningitis vaccine; also recommended for younger children from
certain high-risk groups, as well as 13- to 18-year-olds who have
not yet been vaccinated.
Meningitis vaccine; recommended for previously unvaccinated
college entrants who will live in dormitories.
Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: November 2008
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice,
diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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