Recommended Children’s Vaccination Schedule

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Recommended Pediatric Vaccine Schedule From Birth to 18 Years

Vaccines are an important part of preventing a wide range of serious and preventable illnesses. In order for your child to have optimal protection, their pediatrician will follow a recommended pediatric vaccine schedule indicating specific timing of immunizations throughout their childhood. A child’s vaccine schedule can help protect against preventable diseases and potentially deadly infections.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has laid out a comprehensive children’s vaccination schedule that includes a series of recommended vaccines from birth to young adulthood. This allows the doses to provide the best immunity early in life, before a child is exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases. Adhering to this vaccination schedule is crucial in preventing the spread of infectious diseases, as well as in helping strengthen your child’s immune system as they grow. It’s important to remember that vaccinations are a scientifically proven away to prevent many illnesses in children, but they are not a 100% impenetrable force field against illnesses. Vaccinations are a preventive measure and they are way we train our bodies to have a functioning and healthy immune system.

Many vaccines are required to attend school and day care facilities. The pediatricians with Norton Children’s Medical Group, can ensure your child follows the recommended pediatric vaccine schedule. It is important for parents to keep their child “on schedule” by attending yearly well-child check ups at a pediatrician’s office.

The recommended pediatric vaccine schedule at Norton Children’s Medical Group is as follows:

Birth

Hepatitis B (1 of 3)

  • Protects against hepatitis B, a viral liver infection. Babies who are infected with hepatitis B have a higher risk of developing cancer and deadly infections later in life.

1 month

Hepatitis B (2 of 3)

2 months

DTaP/Hib/IPV (1 of 4)

  • This may be a five-in-one vaccine or given in separate vaccines. They help protect against diphtheria, a serious respiratory illness; tetanus, a deadly bacterial disease also known as “lockjaw”; pertussis, also known as whooping cough, which can cause pneumonia, respiratory failure or death in young infants; polio, which can cause a child to be unable to walk or breathe; and Haemophilus influenzae type B, a bacterial pneumonia that can cause serious or life-threatening infections in infants.

Pneumococcal (1 of 4)

  • This vaccine protects against 13 types of bacteria that cause pneumonia.

Rotavirus (1 of 3)

  • Given by mouth, this vaccine protects against rotavirus, an infection that can cause diarrhea so severe that it can require hospitalization.

4 months

DTaP/Hib/IPV (2 of 4)
Pneumococcal (2 of 4)
Rotavirus (2 of 3)

6 months

DTaP/Hib/IPV (3 of 4)
Pneumococcal (3 of 4)
Rotavirus (3 of 3)

9 months

Hepatitis B (3 of 3)

12 months

MMR

  • Protects against measles, mumps and rubella (German measles). Serious cases can lead to brain infections and death.

Varicella

  • Can protect against chickenpox or make infection less severe.

Hepatitis A (1 of 2)

  • Protects against a liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus.

15 months

DTaP/Hib/IPV (4 of 4)
Pneumococcal (4 of 4)

18 months

Hepatitis A (2 of 2)

4 years

MMRV

  • A four-in-one vaccine that can protect against measles, mumps, rubella (German measles) and varicella (chickenpox).

DTaP/IPV

  • Offers protection from four deadly illnesses: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough) and polio.

11 years

Tdap

  • Protects against tetanus (lockjaw), diphtheria (bacteria that causes severe difficulty with breathing and swallowing) and pertussis (whooping cough).

Meningococcal (1 of 2)

  • Can prevent meningococcal disease, a group of deadly bacterial illnesses that include meningitis

HPV (can be offered as early as age 9)

  • Can help prevent various cancers that are caused by human papillomavirus.

16 years

Meningococcal (2 of 2)

Meningococcal B

  • Offers additional protection from another group of meningococcal disease (group B).

Annual vaccines and boosters

Influenza (flu)

  • The flu vaccine is recommended every year for children ages 6 months and older.
    • Kids younger than age 9 who get the flu vaccine for the first time (or who have had only one dose of the vaccine in the past) will get it in two separate doses at least one month apart.
    • Kids younger than age 9 who have had at least two doses of flu vaccine previously (at any time) will need only one dose.
    • Kids older than age 9 need only one dose.
  • The vaccine is available by injection or by nasal spray. Your pediatrician will recommend which to use based on your child’s age and general health.

COVID-19

  • The COVID-19 vaccine is available to children ages 6 months and older. Children should get their first dose at 6 months, followed by several boosters. Check with your child’s pediatrician for specific recommendations on boosters based on how many doses your child has received in addition to the brand of COVID-19 vaccine they were given.

Benefits of Norton Children’s Medical Group

  • Convenient locations with more than 25 pediatrician offices in Louisville and surrounding areas in Kentucky and Southern Indiana
  • New patients can be seen within 24 hours
  • Same-day sick appointments are available
  • Schedule appointments online, get appointment reminders, communicate with your child’s medical provider, view and request immunization records, refill prescriptions and more through your free Norton MyChart account
  • Night and weekend hours are available
  • Access to Norton Children’s After Hours Care and the after-hours nurse care line
  • Medicaid and most major commercial insurance plans accepted

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