Immunizations

Recommended immunizations for children age 0-18.

Vaccines

Chicken pox (varicella)



1 dose between 12-15 months old. Second dose between 4-6 years old. For kids 14 and older with no history of the vaccination or disease, 2 doses 4-8 weeks apart.

Diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis)



1 dose of DTaP at 2, 4, 6 and 18 months old. 1 dose of Tdap between 11 and 12 years with a Td booster every 10 years after. Those older than 7 years and not previously immunized can get a single dose of Tdap.

Flu (influenza)



2 doses 4 weeks apart for healthy children between 6 months and 8 years the first time they get the vaccine. After age 2, children who've previously had the flu shot can receive 1 dose annually.

Haemophilus influenza type b



1 dose at 2, 4 and 6 months and once between 12 and 18 months old.

Hepatitis A



2 doses at least 6 months apart between 12-23 months old. For children not previously immunized, 2 doses can be given at least 6 months apart at your doctor's discretion.

Hepatitis B



1 dose to all newborns before leaving the hospital, a second dose between 1-2 months and a third dose between 6-18 months. May begin between 2-18 years old if not immunized as a baby.

HPV (human papillomavirus)



2 doses over a 24-week period starting at age 11 for boys and girls. Your doctor may give the vaccine as early as age 9 if your child is at high risk.

Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)



1 dose between 12-15 months and a second between 4 - 6 years. Can be given to older children if no history of vaccination or the disease.

Meningitis (meningococcal)



1 dose between 11-12 years, with another dose at 16 years. If the first dose is done between 13-15 years, then give the second dose between 16-18 years. Doctors may give vaccine as early as age 2 if your child is at high risk.

Pneumonia or Pneumococcal





1 dose at 2, 4 and 6 months and again at 12 to 15 months. Children over age 2 can get a single dose if not previously immunized. Children with an underlying medical condition can receive an additional dose. Children at high risk can be vaccinated after age 7.

Polio (inactivated poliovirus)



1 dose at 2 and 4 months and between 16 and 18 months (3 doses total). Then, one dose between 4 - 6 years old.

Rotavirus



Minimum age is 6 weeks. If using Rotarix, 2-dose series recommended at 2 and 4 months old. If using RotaTeq or unknown, default to a 3-dose series at 2, 4 and 6 months old.