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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

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

  • Measles, which can lead to brain swelling, pneumonia, and death
  • Mumps, which can lead to meningitis, brain swelling, inflammation of testes or ovaries, and deafness
  • Rubella, which can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, and birth defects when a woman is pregnant
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