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    Guide to Vaccines for Your Family

    Vaccines protect your family from diseases that can be very serious.

    Here is a schedule of recommended vaccines for children from birth to age 18.

    RECOMMENDED VACCINE VACCINE SCHEDULE

    PROTECTS AGAINST

    DTaP

    Dose 1: age 2 months

    Dose 2: age 4 months

    Dose 3: age 6 months

    Dose 4: Between ages 15 months and 18 months

    Dose 5: Between ages 4 years and 6 years

    Influenza

    Every year, starting at age 6 months

    Extra dose recommended for children under age 9 the first year they receive this vaccine

    Influenza (flu), which can cause pneumonia
    HepA

    Dose 1: Between ages 12 months and 23 months

    Dose 2: 6 months to 18 months after first dose

    Catch-up series for those ages 2 years and older who have not already completed the HepA series. Two doses may be given, separated by at least 6 months.

    Hepatitis A , which can lead to liver failure
    HepB

    Dose 1: At birth

    Dose 2: Between ages 1 month and 2 months

    Dose 3: Between ages 6 months and 18 months

    Catch-up series between ages 7 years and 18 years if your child has not received all three doses

    Hepatitis B , which can lead to chronic liver infection, liver failure, or liver cancer
    Hib

    Dose 1: age 2 months

    Dose 2: age 4 months

    Dose 3: age 6 months, if needed

    Dose 4: Booster between ages 12 months and 15 months

    Catch-up vaccine(s) after age 15 months, if needed

    Haemophilus influenzae type b, which can lead to a life-threatening infection such as meningitis and epiglottitis, intellectual disability, pneumonia, and death
    HPV

    Doses 1-3 between ages 11 years and 12 years for both boys and girls

    Catch-up series between ages 13 years and 18 years if needed

    Human papillomavirus, which can cause cervical cancer in women and genital warts in both men and women

    IPV

    Dose 1: age 2 months

    Dose 2: age 4 months

    Dose 3: Between ages 6 months and 18 months

    Dose 4: Between ages 4 years and 6 years

    Catch-up series between ages 7 years and 18 years if your child has not received all four doses

    Polio , which can lead to paralysis and death
    PCV13

    Dose 1: age 2 months

    Dose 2: age 4 months

    Dose 3: age 6 months

    Dose 4: Between ages 12 months and 15 months

    Extra dose of PCV13 recommended for children ages 24 months through 71 months with certain health conditions

    Extra dose is recommended for previously unvaccinated children with immune conditions ages 6 years through 18 years

    Pneumococcus, which can lead to sinus and ear infections, pneumonia, blood infection, meningitis, and death
    MCV4

    Dose between ages 11 years and 12 years, with a booster at age 16 years

    Catch-up dose between ages 13 years and 15 years, if needed, with a booster between ages 16 years and 18 years

    For children with high-risk conditions, a dose is recommended between ages 9 months and 10 years

    Meningococcal disease , which can cause bacterial meningitis and lead to loss of limbs, disabilities, deafness, seizure, stroke, and death

    MMR

    Dose 1: Between ages 12 months and 15 months

    Dose 2: Between ages 4 years and 6 years

    Catch-up series between ages 7 years and 18 years if your child has not had both doses

    RV

    Dose 1: age 2 months

    Dose 2: age 4 months

    Dose 3: age 6 months, if needed, depending on the vaccine manufacturer of the previous doses

    Rotavirus , which can lead to severe diarrhea and dehydration
    Tdap

    Single dose recommended between ages 11 years and 12 years

    Catch-up dose between ages 7 years and 10 years if your child has not had all five doses of DTaP

    Check whether additional dose is needed between ages 13 years and 18 years

    • Tetanus, which can lead to broken bones, breathing trouble, and death
    • Diphtheria, which can lead to heart muscle swelling, heart failure, coma, paralysis, and death
    • Pertussis , which can cause pneumonia and death
    Varicella

    Dose 1: Between ages 12 months and 15 months

    Dose 2: Between ages 4 years and 6 years

    Catch-up series between ages 7 years and 18 years if your child has not received both doses

    Chickenpox, which can lead to infected blisters, bleeding disorders, brain swelling, and pneumonia

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