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Your Child’s Vaccination Schedule

Are you wondering how often you should vaccinate your child, and what vaccines he/she should be receiving, if any? I’ve compiled the table below to give you a good idea of when and what vaccines should be administered based on your child’s age (use the vaccine legend table in the previous post in conjunction):

Age Vaccines
6 wks. – 2 mos. DtaP #1 HIB #1 Prevnar #1 Hep B #1
4 months DtaP #2 HIB #2 Prevnar #2 IPV #1
6 months DtaP #3 HIB #3 Prevnar #3 IPV #2
9 months Hep B #2      
12 months MMR #1 Varivax Prevnar #4  
15 months Hep B #3 IPV #3    
18 months DtaP #4 HIB #4    
2 years Hep A #1      
2.5 – 3 years Hep A #2      
5 years DtaP #5 IPV #4 MMR #2  
10 years Td – adult      
15 years Td – adult      

Note that there are always some mild to moderate side effects associated with any of the vaccines mentioned. It’s important to completely understand all risks before getting your child vaccinated, so call and ask! We’d be happy to talk to you about it.

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Vaccine Legend

Vaccine Symbol Protects Against Precautions Possible Side Effects
DtaP diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough Fever control for children with past history of seizure.  Wait to take vaccine if moderately ill. Mild fever, redness, swelling, and soreness (associated with whooping cough portion)
Hep A Hepatitis A Wait to take vaccine if moderately ill.  Do not continue with 2nd dose if child has severe allergic reaction Soreness at injection site, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite
Hep B Hepatitis B Wait to take vaccine if moderately ill. Soreness at injection site, low-grade fever
HIB Severe bacterial infections such as meningitis and pneumonia Wait to take vaccine if moderately ill. < 25% get redness, warmth, swelling at injection site.  Fever and irritability are also possible
IPV Polio Wait to take vaccine if moderately ill.  Do not take secondary doses if child has severe allergic reaction Minor pain, redness at injection site
MMR Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Wait to take vaccine if moderately ill.  Do not take if child has allergies to gelatin (Jell-O) or previous dose of MMR Mild reactions fairly common.  Low grade fever, swelling in neck or cheeks, mild rash
Prevnar Pneumonia, Blood Infections, Ear infections, Meningitis Do not take if severely allergic to diphtheria-toxoid-containing vaccine Redness, swelling, tenderness at injection site, fever, decreased appetite, irritability
Td Booster shot for diphtheria and tetanus See DtaP See DtaP
Varivax Chickenpox Wait to take vaccine if moderately ill. Soreness or swelling at injection site, fever, mild rash, seizure, pneumonia (very rare)