What Is the Recommended Immunization Schedule for Babies?


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Babies typically get a HepB vaccine shortly after birth and again before 2 months, along with RV, DTaP, Hib, IPV and PCV immunizations at 2, 4 and 6 months of age. Children should have received at least 27 immunizations by age 6, according to the Center for Disease Control.

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What Is the Recommended Immunization Schedule for Babies?
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Most newborns receive their first immunization before leaving the hospital. A second dose of HepB is administered at the baby's one- or two-month check-up. At the child's two-month doctor visit, he should get the rotavirus vaccine, and an immunization against polio, Hib, PCV and DTaP, which protects against diptheria and tetanus. Babies usually receive the same five immunizations at their four- and six-month visits as well, says HealthyChildren.org.

A third dose of the hepatitis B vaccine is given between 6 and 18 months of age. Flu vaccines are recommended each year. Children between the ages of 6 months and 8 years should get a second flu vaccine about a month after the first dose, recommends the Center for Disease Control. Toddlers should have a fourth dose of the Hib and PCV immunizations, along with their first dose of MMR and varicella at either 12 or 15 months of age. DTaP, IPV, MMR and varicella are all administered again between the ages of 4 and 6 years.

The hepatitis A vaccine is administered twice. The first dose is given between a child's first and second birthday, and the second dose is given the following year. Some states may have additional immunization requirements and recommendations that must be met before a child can start school.

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