Vaccine Chart For Baby

Use this easy-to-read schedule to stay up-to-date on the childhood vaccines for infants, children and tweens.

Our baby immunization schedule chart is designed to help you keep up-to-date with scheduled vaccinations. Keeping up with the recommended vaccines will protect your child from vaccine-preventable diseases and illnesses, many of which could be deadly or cause severe complications if they are not treated quickly. The schedule is also easy to store until your next doctor’s visit, so there’s no need to worry about an immediate vaccination appointment!

This easy-to-use chart keeps you up-to-date on the recommended vaccines for your baby. Simply mark off each vaccine when it’s given and use the handy reminders to track how many shots your child has had. The short descriptions are great for quick consultation with your doctor or nurse, and the convenient size makes it easy to carry with you wherever your family might roam.

The Baby Vaccine Chart makes it easy to keep up-to-date. Follow the chart from cradle to kindergarten, checking off each vaccine as you go. Each step has a place for you to record your child’s date of birth, current weight and height, as well as vaccines administered and due dates.

This easy-to-read immunization schedule for infants and children through 6 years will keep you up-to-date on the latest vaccination recommendations.

List of Vaccines For Babies

The childhood schedule of immunizations is the best way to protect your child against many different infections and diseases. The vaccination age chart can help you figure out which vaccines your child needs and when. Vaccines include DTaP, Hib, chickenpox and MMR. The vaccines are safe and vitally important to keep your child safe and healthy.

OVERVIEW

What is the childhood immunization schedule?

The childhood immunization schedule, or childhood vaccine schedule, is the list of common vaccines the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends most children should receive. Immunization is a way to protect your child from getting many different infections and diseases. Many of these illnesses spread easily from child to child and can cause serious health problems. They can even cause death.

When should my child get immunized?

Your child should receive their first doses of most vaccines during their first two years of life. They may need several doses of the vaccines to reach full protection. For example, the CDC recommends children receive their first dose of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine at 12 months of age or older. They should then receive a second dose before entering elementary school (about 4 to 6 years of age). Your baby can get their childhood vaccines at their regularly scheduled well-baby checkups.

How many vaccines do children get?

By the age of 15 months, your baby may receive up to 10 different types of vaccines. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends all healthy babies receive these initial vaccines. Your child may receive additional doses and other vaccines between the ages of 15 months and 16 years old. If your child has a chronic condition or a weakened immune system, their pediatrician may recommend a different schedule.

What are the different types of vaccines?

The following vaccines can help protect your child from serious infection or disease.

Hepatitis B (HepB)

The hepatitis B vaccine can help protect your child against hepatitis B. The newborn vaccine schedule includes three doses of the HepB vaccine. Your newborn will generally receive their first dose within 12 hours of birth. They’ll receive their second dose at 1 to 2 months of age and their third dose between 6 and 18 months of age. Slight variations in this schedule are possible based on the birthing parent’s hepatitis B surface antigen status and the potential use of combination vaccines.

Rotavirus (RV)

The rotavirus vaccine can help protect your child against rotavirus. Rotavirus is a viral infection that can cause fever, vomiting and diarrhea. Your child will receive the rotavirus vaccine in two (Rotarix®) or three (RotaTeq®) doses, starting at age 2 months.

Diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (DTaP)

The DTaP vaccine can help protect your child against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. Baby vaccines include five doses of the DTaP combination vaccine. Your baby will receive their first dose at 2 months of age and their second at 4 months of age. They’ll receive their third dose at 6 months, their fourth dose between 15 and 18 months of age and their fifth dose between 4 and 6 years of age.

Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)

The Hib vaccine can help protect your child against the most common type of Haemophilus influenzae bacteria. Your child will receive three to four doses of the Hib vaccine, depending on the brand. They’ll receive their first dose at 2 months of age and their second dose at 4 months of age. They’ll possibly receive a third dose at 6 months of age. They’ll then receive their final dose between 12 and 15 months of age. Slight variations in this schedule are possible.

Pneumococcal conjugate (PCV13)

The PCV13 vaccine can help protect your child against pneumococcus bacterial infections. These infections include pneumonia and meningitis. Your child will receive four doses of the PCV13 vaccine. They’ll receive their first dose at 2 months of age and their second dose at 4 months of age. They’ll receive their third dose at 6 months of age and their fourth dose between 12 and 15 months of age.

Inactivated poliovirus (IPV)

The inactivated poliovirus (IPV) vaccine can help protect your child against infections of polio. Your child will receive four doses of the IPV vaccine. They’ll receive their first dose at 2 months of age and their second dose at 4 months of age. They’ll receive their third dose between 6 and 18 months of age and their fourth dose between 4 and 6 years of age.

Influenza

The influenza virus vaccine can help protect your child against the flu (influenza). Your child may get the influenza vaccine each year. They may receive one or two doses. They may receive their first dose at 6 months old and their second dose at least 1 month later.

Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)

The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine can help protect your child against measlesmumps and rubella. Your child will receive two doses of the MMR combination vaccine. They’ll receive their first dose between 12 and 15 months of age and their second dose between 4 and 6 years of age. The MMR vaccine may be combined with the VAR vaccine (MMRV).

Varicella (VAR)

The chickenpox (varicella) vaccine can help protect your child against chickenpox. Your child will receive two doses of the varicella vaccine. They’ll receive their first dose between 12 and 15 months of age and their second dose between 4 and 6 years of age. The varicella vaccine may be combined with the MMR vaccine (MMRV).

Hepatitis A (HepA)

The hepatitis A vaccine can help protect your child against hepatitis A. Hepatitis A is a type of liver disease. Your child will receive the HepA vaccine as a two-dose series. Your child will receive their first dose between 12 and 23 months and their second dose at least six months later.

Human papillomavirus (HPV)

The HPV vaccine can help protect your child against diseases caused by certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV). These diseases include:

If your child is aged 15 or over, they’ll receive the HPV vaccine in three doses. They’ll receive their second dose two months after their first dose. They’ll receive their final dose six months after their first dose.

Children who start the HPV vaccine before they turn 15 years old only need two doses, given six to 12 months apart. This is because younger immune systems generate more immunity.

Meningococcal

The meningococcal vaccine can help protect your child against meningococcal disease. Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial infection that can cause meningitis. Meningitis is severe swelling of your brain and spinal cord. It can also lead to sepsis, a dangerous and potentially life-threatening blood infection.

Other vaccines

Your child’s pediatrician may recommend additional vaccines if your child is at a high risk of certain infections or diseases. They’ll also provide a revised vaccination schedule if your child has missed any vaccine doses during their recommended time frames.

What ages do kids get shots?

The infant vaccine schedule starts at birth. Your newborn will receive their first shots within their first months of life. Your child may receive certain vaccines within a range of ages. The following represents one recommended child vaccine schedule. Your child’s pediatrician may follow different guidelines. You should speak with your child’s pediatrician about which vaccines your child should receive and when. The recommended vaccines by age include:

Birth vaccine

Vaccines for babies include their first doses of Hepatitis B (HepB).

  • Hepatitis B (HepB).

1- to 2-month vaccine

  • Hepatitis B (HepB).

2-month vaccines

Babies get several shots at 2 months of age. The DTaP vaccine schedule starts at 2 months. Your baby will get their first dose of:

  • Rotavirus (RV).
  • Diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (DTaP).
  • Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib).
  • Pneumococcal conjugate (PCV13).
  • Inactivated poliovirus (IPV).

4-month vaccines

For their 4-month shots, babies get a second dose of the vaccines they received at their 2-month appointment. These include:

  • Rotavirus (RV).
  • Diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (DTaP).
  • Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib).
  • Pneumococcal conjugate (PCV13).
  • Inactivated poliovirus (IPV).

6-month vaccines

At 6 months of age, your child may start to receive the influenza vaccine annually. In addition, your child may or may not need a third dose of the RV and Hib vaccines, depending on the brand your child’s healthcare provider used for their previous doses.

  • Influenza.
  • Rotavirus (RV).
  • Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib).
  • Diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (DTaP).
  • Pneumococcal conjugate (PCV13).

6- to 18-month vaccines

The timing of your baby’s third dose of these vaccines will depend on their healthcare provider’s recommendation. Six- to 18-month shots may include:

  • Hepatitis B (HepB).
  • Inactivated poliovirus (IPV).

12- to 15-month vaccines

Your child will receive their first dose of MMR and varicella after they’ve hit their first birthday. Twelve- to 15-month shots include:

  • Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).
  • Varicella (VAR).
  • Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib).
  • Pneumococcal conjugate (PCV13).

12- to 23-month vaccine

Your baby’s 12-month vaccines may include the first in a two-dose series of hepatitis A. They may receive the second vaccine at 2 years old.

  • Hepatitis A (HepA).

15- to 18-month vaccine

Your baby will receive one shot during this time frame, their fourth dose of DTaP.

  • Diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (DTaP).

4- to 6-year vaccines

Between 4 and 6 years old, your child may receive the following shots:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (DTaP).
  • Inactivated poliovirus (IPV).
  • Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).
  • Varicella (VAR).

11- to 12-year vaccines

Your child gets to wait a bit before their next round of vaccines.

  • Tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (Tdap) booster.
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV).
  • Meningococcal.

16-year vaccine

Your 16-year-old should receive their second dose of meningococcal.

  • Meningococcal.

Are the vaccines safe?

Yes. Vaccines for childhood diseases are very safe. Sometimes, a vaccine will cause mild side effects such as a sore arm or leg or a low fever. A bad side effect isn’t likely to happen. Childhood diseases are a greater health risk to children than vaccines are. Ask your child’s healthcare provider to tell you about the risks and side effects.

When shouldn’t my child be vaccinated?

In a few cases, it’s better to wait to get a vaccine. Some children who are very sick shouldn’t get a vaccine at all. Reasons your child should wait or not get a vaccine may include:

  • Being sick with something more serious than a cold.
  • Having a bad reaction after the first dose of a vaccine.
  • Having sudden jerky body movements (convulsions), possibly caused by a vaccine.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What’s the difference between immunization and vaccination?

The words “immunization” and “vaccination” are often used interchangeably, but they have slightly different meanings. One term describes the specific action, and the other describes the process. According to the CDC, vaccination is the act of introducing a vaccine to give you immunity to a specific disease. The definition of immunization is the process by which vaccination protects you from a disease.

A note from Cleveland Clinic

The sight of your baby getting a shot may make you cry along with them. But getting your child vaccinated according to the childhood immunization schedule is the best way to protect them against many different infections and diseases. The Centers for Disease Control and Protection and the American Academy of Pediatrics both recommend following a specific immunization schedule. However, talk to your child’s pediatrician to find out what works best for your child.

List of Vaccines for Children by Age

Most doctors follow the vaccination schedule recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC—see the schedule for infants and children and the schedule for older children and adolescents), which begins with the hepatitis B vaccine given in the hospital nursery. (See also Childhood Vaccinations.)

Parents should try to have their children vaccinated according to the schedule. A significant delay in vaccination puts children at risk of the serious diseases the vaccines could prevent.

If children miss a vaccine dose, parents should talk to their doctor about catching up with the schedule. Missing a dose does not require children to restart the series of injections from the beginning.

Vaccination does not need to be delayed if children have a slight fever resulting from a mild infection, such as an ordinary cold.

Some vaccines are recommended only under special circumstances—for example, only when children have an increased risk of getting the disease the vaccine prevents.

More than one vaccine may be given during a visit to the doctor’s office, but several vaccines are often combined into one injection. For example, there is a vaccine that combines pertussis, diphtheria, tetanus, polio, and Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccines in one injection. A combination vaccine simply reduces the number of injections needed and does not reduce the safety or effectiveness of the vaccines.

Routine Vaccinations for Infants, Children, and Adolescents

Following the recommended vaccination schedule is important because it helps protect infants, children, and adolescents against infections that can be prevented. The schedule below is based on the ones recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC; see also the CDC schedule for infants and children [birth through 6 years] and the CDC schedule for older children [7 to 18 years old]). The schedule below indicates which vaccines are needed, at what age, and how many doses (indicated by the numbers in the symbols).There is a range of acceptable ages for many vaccines. A child’s doctor can provide specific recommendations, which may vary depending on the child’s known health conditions and other circumstances. Often, combination vaccines are used so that children receive fewer injections. If children have not been vaccinated according to the schedule, catch-up vaccinations are recommended, and parents should contact a doctor or health department clinic to find out how to catch up. Parents should report any side effects after vaccinations to their child’s doctor.For more information about this schedule and other vaccination schedules, parents should talk to a doctor or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Vaccines & Immunizations web site.Routine Vaccinations for Infants, Children, and Adolescents
[a] Hepatitis B vaccine: This vaccine is given to most newborns before they are discharged from the hospital. The first dose is typically given at birth, the second dose at age 1 to 2 months, and the third dose at age 6 to 18 months. Infants who did not receive a dose at birth should begin the series as soon as possible.
[b] Rotavirus vaccine: Depending on the vaccine used, two or three doses of the vaccine are required. With one vaccine, the first dose is given at age 2 months and the second dose at age 4 months. With the other vaccine, the first dose is given at age 2 months, the second dose at age 4 months, and the third dose at age 6 months.
[c] Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine: Depending on the vaccine used, three or four doses of the Hib vaccine are required. With one vaccine, the first dose is given at age 2 months, the second dose at age 4 months, and the third dose at age 12 to 15 months. With the other vaccine, the first dose is given at age 2 months, the second dose at age 4 months, the third dose at age 6 months, and the fourth dose at age 12 to 15 months.
[d] Poliovirus vaccine: Four doses of the vaccine are given. The first dose is given at age 2 months, the second dose at age 4 months, the third dose at age 6 to 18 months, and the fourth dose at age 4 to 6 years.
[e] Diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccine: Before age 7, children are given the DTaP preparation. Five doses of DTaP are given. The first dose is given at age 2 months, the second dose at age 4 months, the third dose at age 6 months, the fourth dose at age 15 to 18 months, and the fifth dose at age 4 to 6 years.DTaP is followed by one dose of a tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) booster given at age 11 to 12 years (shown as the number 6 on the above schedule). This dose is followed by a tetanus-diphtheria or Tdap booster every 10 years.
[f] Pneumococcal vaccine: Four doses of the vaccine are given. The first dose is given at age 2 months, the second dose at age 4 months, the third dose at age 6 months, and the fourth dose at age 12 to 15 months.
[g] Meningococcal vaccine: Two doses of the vaccine are given. The first dose is given at age 11 to 12 years and the second dose at age 16 years (not shown on the above schedule).
[h] Influenza (flu) vaccine: The influenza vaccine should be given yearly to all children, beginning at age 6 months. There are two types of vaccine available. One or two doses are needed, depending on age and other factors. Most children need only one dose. Children who are 6 months to 8 years old who have received fewer than two doses or whose influenza vaccination history is unknown should receive two doses at least 4 weeks apart.
[i] Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine: Two doses of the vaccine are given. The first dose is given at age 12 to 15 months and the second dose at age 4 to 6 years.
[j] Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine: Two doses of the vaccine are given. The first dose is given at age 12 to 15 months and the second dose at age 4 to 6 years.
[k] Hepatitis A vaccine: Two doses of the vaccine are needed for lasting protection. The first dose is given between ages 12 to 23 months, and the second dose 6 months after the first. All children over age 24 months who have not been vaccinated should be given 2 doses of the hepatitis A vaccine.
[l] Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine: Routine vaccination is recommended at age 11 to 12 years (can start at age 9 years) and for previously unvaccinated or not adequately vaccinated people up through age 26 years (not shown on the above schedule). The human papillomavirus vaccine is given to girls and boys in 2 or 3 doses. The number of doses depends on how old the child is when the first dose is given. Those given the first dose at age 9 to 14 years are given 2 doses, separated by at least 5 months. Those given the first dose at age 15 years or older are given 3 doses. The second dose is given at least 1 month after the first, and the third dose is given at least 5 months after the first dose.

COVID-19 vaccination in children

In addition to the immunizations noted in the vaccination schedule, children in the United States in certain age groups are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. The BNT162b2 COVID-19 vaccine (mRNA) made by Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) has Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for children 6 months to 15 years of age and is fully approved for use in people 16 years of age and older. This vaccine is given as a primary series of 2 injections given at least 3 weeks apart (the dose for children 5 to 11 years of age is smaller than that for those 12 and older). The vaccine is given as a primary series of 3 injections to children 6 months to 4 years of age. The second injection is given at least 3 to 8 weeks after the first one. The third injection is given at least 8 weeks after the second one. Also authorized under EUA is an additional primary dose, given at least 4 weeks after the second dose, for children 5 years of age and older who have certain disorders that moderately or severely affect their immune system.

Moderately to severely immunocompromised children who are 5 to 17 years of age should also get a booster shot at least 3 months after the third primary dose. If children are 12 to 17 years of age, a second booster dose may be given at least 4 months after the first booster dose. (See Guidance for COVID-19 vaccination for people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised.)

A first booster dose is recommended for all BNT162b2 vaccine recipients 5 years of age and older who are not immunocompromised and who completed their primary 2-dose series 5 or more months ago. Unlike people 18 years of age and older who can choose any available COVID-19 vaccine as a booster shot, only BNT162b2 vaccine has EUA for children 5 to 17 years of age.

The mRNA-1273 COVID-19 vaccine (mRNA) produced by Moderna has EUA for children 6 months to 17 years of age. This vaccine is given as a primary series of 2 injections given at least 4 to 8 weeks apart. EUA has also been granted for an additional primary dose, given at least 4 weeks after the second dose, for children 6 months of age and older who have a moderately to severely compromised immune system.

COVID-19 vaccine may be given at the same time as routine immunizations.

Children who have had an allergic reaction after a previous dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or are allergic to any ingredient in a COVID-19 vaccine should not get COVID-19 vaccines.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.