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Infant and Child Vaccines: Vaccines You Need

When Do Infants and Children Need Vaccines?

By following the recommended vaccination schedule, you help protect your child against 15 vaccine-preventable diseases. If your child misses a dose or gets behind schedule, make sure they get the next dose as soon as possible. Ask your child's healthcare provider if your child is up to date with all recommended vaccines!
Chickenpox (varicella)
Your child should receive 2 doses of chickenpox vaccine. The first dose should be given at 12–15 months, and the second dose at 4–6 years.
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Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (whooping cough)
Your child should receive 5 doses of DTaP. The first dose should be given at 2 months, the second dose at 4 months, the third dose at 6 months, the fourth dose at 15–18 months, and the fifth dose at 4–6 years.
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Diphtheria
Tetanus
Whooping cough
Haemophilus influenzae type b
Your child should receive 3–4 doses of Hib vaccine (depending on the brand of vaccine). The first dose should be given at 2 months, the second dose at 4 months, the third dose at 6 months (if needed), and the last dose at 12–15 months.
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Hepatitis A
Your child should receive 2 doses of hepatitis A vaccine. The first dose should be given at age 1 year and the second 6-18 months later.
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Hepatitis B
Your child should receive 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine. The first dose should be given at birth, the second dose at 1–2 months, and the third dose at 6-18 months. Sometimes children receive 4 doses of hepatitis B vaccine if they are receiving a combination vaccine.
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Influenza
Every person, beginning at age 6 months and continuing throughout their lifetime, should receive yearly vaccination against influenza in the fall or winter. Vaccination is the most effective step you can take to be protected from this serious disease. Children under the age of 9 years may need 2 doses. Talk to your child's healthcare provider to find out if your child needs more than 1 dose.
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Measles, Mumps, Rubella
Your child should receive 2 doses of MMR vaccine. The first dose should be given at 12–15 months, and the second dose at 4–6 years.
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Measles
Mumps
Rubella
Meningococcal
Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV) is recommended for infants and children with certain health conditions. Talk with your healthcare provider to find out if your child needs MCV. Two doses are recommended for all children starting at age 11 years.
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Pneumococcal
Your child should receive 4 doses of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV). The first dose is given at 2 months, the second dose at 4 months, the third at 6 months, and the fourth at 12–15 months. Some children need an additional dose of pneumococcal vaccine. Check with your healthcare provider to see if your child needs extra protection against pneumococcal disease.
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Polio
Your child should receive 4 doses of polio vaccine (IPV). The first dose is given at 2 months, the second dose at 4 months, the third dose at 6–18 months, and the fourth dose at 4–6 years.
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Rotavirus
Your child needs 2–3 doses of rotavirus vaccine (RV), depending on the brand of vaccine. The first dose is given at 2 months, the second dose at 4 months, and the third dose (if needed) at 6 months.
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Whooping cough (pertussis) booster
Talk to your child's healthcare provider to find out when your child needs to receive a dose of Tdap vaccine. Usually, the first dose is given at age 11–12 years. Some children who have fallen behind on their vaccinations will need a dose at age 7–10 years.
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Tetanus
Diphtheria
Whooping cough
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Getting immunized is a lifelong, life-protecting job. Talk with your healthcare provider about which vaccines your child needs and when they should be vaccinated. For more information, check the recommended immunization schedules:
Parent-Friendly Schedule
Parent-Friendly Schedule
Two-page guide about vaccines and the diseases they prevent
Recommended Immunizations for Babies (birth - 15 months)
Recommended Immunizations for Babies (birth - 15 months)
One-page guide about vaccines and the diseases they prevent
Instant Childhood Immunization Schedule
Instant Childhood Immunization Schedule
Enter your child's birthdate for a complete list of recommended immunizations.
 
 
Content reviewed on January 26, 2013
 
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