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Immunization Schedules - Topic Overview

After getting approval from several expert groups, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following immunization schedules:

Each year, the CDC reviews the immunization schedules for children and adults and makes new ones as needed.

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DTaP and Tdap Vaccines

DTaP is a vaccine that helps children younger than age 7 develop immunity to three deadly diseases caused by bacteria: diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough (pertussis). Tdap is a booster immunization given at age 11 that offers continued protection from those diseases for adolescents and adults. Diphtheria is a respiratory disease that can cause breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure, and death. It's highly contagious and is spread by coughing and sneezing. Tetanus, or lockjaw, is caused...

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To see what vaccines are needed for children who got some shots in Mexico but now get shots in the U.S., go to the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/child-adolescent.html#binational.

Note: Throughout the year, the CDC may update its recommendations or make new ones. For the most current information on each immunization, go to www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/default.htm.

For a form you can use to track your child's immunizations, see the childhood immunization record(What is a PDF document?).

For more information, see the topic Immunizations.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: March 12, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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