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When Does My Child Need Shots and Well-Checks?
Recommendations for newborns through teens
Childhood immunizations help protect your child from getting a number of illnesses. These vaccines, mostly given as shots at a well-child visit, are very safe and can help prevent easily spread diseases that can cause serious health problems.
Checkup within 5 days of returning home from
the hospital. HBV immunization (if not given in
Well-child check. HBV if not yet given.
Well-child check. DTaP, Hib, IPV, PCV, HBV
and rotavirus vaccines.
Well-child check. DTaP, Hib, IPV, PCV and rotavirus boosters.
Well-child check. DTaP, HBV, Hib, IPV, PCV, rotavirus boosters.
Well-child check. Developmental screening.
Well-child check. Anemia test, and lead and fluoride level checks. TB screening. MMR,
varicella and HAV vaccines. PCV booster.
Well-child check. DTaP and Hib boosters.
Well-child check. Developmental and autism screenings. HAV booster.
Well-child check. Lead and fluoride level checks. TB screening.
Well-child check. Developmental and autism screenings.
Annual well-child check. Vision/hearing screenings.
Annual well-child check. Vision/hearing screenings. DTaP, IPV, MMR and varicella boosters.
Annual well-child check. Vision/hearing and TB screenings. Any immunizations previously missed.
Annual well-child check. Depression and TB screenings. DTaP, HPV and MCV4 vaccines.
Annual well-child check. Depression, vision/hearing and TB screenings. MCV4 booster at age 16. Any immunizations missed (like MCV4, DTaP or HPV).
Influenza (flu vaccine). (A one-time booster shot is needed a month after the child’s first flu vaccination if he or she is younger than 9 years old.)
Here’s a guide to when your child
needs shots and doctor’s visits.
DTaP = Diphtheria, tetanus, accellular pertussis vaccine
HAV = Hepatitis A vaccine
HBV = Hepatitis B vaccine
Hib = Haemophilus influenzae type B
HPV = Human papilloma virus vaccine to prevent HPV-related cancers
IPV = Inactivated polio vaccine
MCV4 = Meningococcal conjugate vaccine for meningitis
MMR = Measles/mumps/rubella vaccine
PCV = Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine for meningitis
Rotavirus = Vaccine against potentially life-threatening diarrhea
Tdap = Tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis vaccine
Varicella = Chicken pox vaccine
(beginning at 6 months)