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What are the recommended vaccinations for an infant?

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers a comprehensive list and recommended schedule of vaccinations for children between zero and 6 years of age. It is important for children to get these vaccinations at the first opportunity, though if circumstances do not allow, it is still possible to take most vaccinations outside the designated time recommendations.

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The Hepatitis B vaccine has three inoculations to be administered between one and six months of one another, and infants should receive their first as soon after birth as possible, states the CDC. The Rotavirus vaccine comes in two or three doses, depending on the vaccine being used, with the first dose recommended at two months after birth and the next one or two staggered at two-month intervals. The DTap vaccine prevents diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis, and is given to infants and young children over a course of five shots – at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and 15 to 18 months, with a final booster between 4 and 6 years. The Hib and PCV vaccines prevent both a serious type of flu and pneumonia in children and come in three or four doses depending on the vaccine used – at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and finally between 12 and 15 months. The IPV vaccine prevents polio and comes in four doses – at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and the final booster somewhere between 4 and 6 years of age.

There are some other vaccines that typically come after the child’s first year, explains the CDC. These include the recommended yearly flu vaccine; the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella, or MMR, vaccine; the Varicella, or Chickenpox, vaccine; and the Hepatitis A vaccine.

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