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Childhood Vaccination Schedule*


Disease Prevented

Immunization Schedule

Hepatitis (HepB)

Hepatitis B, an infection that can cause chronic, severe liver disease

1st: Birth

2nd: 1 through 2 months after the 1st

3rd: 6 through 18 months

Rotavirus (RV)

Rotavirus infection, which causes severe diarrhea in infants and children up to 2 years old

1st: 2 months

2nd: 4 months

3rd: 6 months

Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP)

Diphtheria, a disease that causes inflammation of the throat and airways, which can block breathing

Tetanus (lockjaw), a disease that causes severe, painful spasms of neck, jaw, and other muscles; can cause death

Pertussis (whooping cough), a disease that causes prolonged loud coughing and gasping; can prevent breathing and cause death

1st: 2 months

2nd: 4 months

3rd: 6 months

4th: 15 through 18 months

5th: 4 through 6 years

Note: Your child also needs an extra dose (called the Tdap) at 11–12 years old.The Td booster should then be received every 10 years throughout life.

Haemophilus influenzae Type b (Hib)

Haemophilus influenzae Type b (Hib), a severe bacterial infection that can lead to pneumonia (lung infection), meningitis (brain infection), and other serious infections

1st: 2 months

2nd: 4 months

3rd: 6 months (your health care provider will tell you if this one is needed)

4th: 12 through 15 months

Inactivated Poliovirus (IPV)

Polio, an infection that can paralyze the muscles

1st: 2 months

2nd: 4 months

3rd: 6 through 18 months

4th: 4 through 6 years

Note: If your child will be exposed to polio through, for example, travel to a country where polio is widespread, talk to your child's health care provider. He or she may recommend that your child receive the vaccine before 2 months old and/or with the doses given closer together.

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)

Measles, a disease that can lead to brain inflammation

Mumps, a disease that may affect ovaries and testes

Rubella (German measles), a disease that, if caught by a pregnant woman, can cause birth defects

1st: 12 through 15 months

2nd: 4 through 6 years


Chickenpox, a disease that causes itchy skin bumps, with fever and fatigue; can lead to scarring, pneumonia, or brain inflammation

1st: 12 through 15 months

2nd: 4 through 6 years


Bacterial meningitis, inflammation of the membrane covering the brain and spinal cord. It can result in death

Once at 11 through 12 years, with a booster at 16. If vaccinated at 13 through 15 years, a booster is needed at 16 through 18 years. College freshmen should be vaccinated if they have not been before.

Note: If child has low immune system due to HIV or other medical condition, health care provider may recommend vaccinating child at a younger age than 13.

Pneumococcal (PCV)

Pneumococcal disease, which can lead to pneumonia (lung infection), meningitis (brain infection), or bacteremia (blood infection). It can also cause ear infections.

1st: 2 months

2nd: 4 months

3rd: 6 months

4th: 12 through 15 months


Flu, different strains of which appear each year

Yearly for children 6 months through 18 years old.

Note: 1 or 2 doses are given. Ask your health care provider how many doses your child needs.

Hepatitis A (HepA)

Hepatitis A, an infection that can result in acute inflammation and jaundice (yellow skin and whites of the eyes)

Starting at age 1, two doses at least 6 months apart

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Certain types of genital HPV infection, a sexually transmitted disease (STD), which can cause gential warts and/or cervical, vaginal, or vulvar cancers in women

For girls:

1st: 11 through 12 years

2nd: 2 months after 1st

3rd: 4 months after 2nd

(Youngest age for vaccination is 9 years.)

For boys:

Age range for vaccination is 9 through 18. Schedule is the same as for girls.

*Based on the CDC National Immunization Program recommendations (January 2013).

Note: Certain immunizations can still be given after the ages shown on this schedule. These vaccinations are recommended for the general population. Additional vaccinations may be recommended for children in high-risk groups or in certain states or regions. Talk to your child’s health care provider.

Online Medical Reviewer: Dozier, Tennille, RN, BSN, RDMS
Online Medical Reviewer: newMentor board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Date Last Reviewed: 3/1/2013
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