Childhood Immunization (Vaccination) Schedule

  • Medical Author:
    David Perlstein, MD, MBA, FAAP

    Dr. Perlstein received his Medical Degree from the University of Cincinnati and then completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at The New York Hospital, Cornell medical Center in New York City. After serving an additional year as Chief Pediatric Resident, he worked as a private practitioner and then was appointed Director of Ambulatory Pediatrics at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx.

  • Medical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

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Quick GuideChildhood Diseases: Measles, Mumps, & More

Childhood Diseases: Measles, Mumps, & More

What childhood vaccines are recommended, and at what ages they should be given?

Hepatitis B vaccine:

  1. First dose at birth before discharge
  2. Second dose at 1 to 2 months
  3. Third dose at 6 to 18 months

Hib vaccine:

  1. First dose at 2 months
  2. Second dose at 4 months
  3. Third dose at 6 months (depending upon type of Hib vaccine given)
  4. Fourth dose at 12 to 15 months

Inactivated polio vaccine:

  1. First dose at 2 months
  2. Second dose at 4 months
  3. Third dose at 6 to 18 months
  4. Fourth dose at 4 to 6 years

DTaP vaccine:

  1. First dose at 2 months
  2. Second dose at 4 months
  3. Third dose at 6 months
  4. Fourth dose at 15 to 18 months
  5. Fifth dose at 4 to 6 years
  6. Tdap is recommended at 11 years

Pneumococcal vaccine:

  1. First dose at 2 months
  2. Second dose at 4 months
  3. Third dose at 6 months
  4. Fourth dose at 12 to 18 months

Rotavirus vaccine:

  1. First dose at 2 months
  2. Second dose at 4 months
  3. Third dose at 6 months (depending upon type of rotavirus vaccine given)

Hepatitis A vaccine:

  1. First dose at 12 to 23 months
  2. Second dose at 6 to 18 months after the first dose

Influenza vaccine:

  1. First dose at 6 months (requires a booster one month after initial vaccine)
  2. Annually after that

MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine:

  1. First dose at 12 to 15 months
  2. Second dose at 4 to 6 years

Varicella vaccine:

  1. First dose at 12 to 15 months
  2. Second dose at 4 to 6 years

Meningococcal vaccine:

  1. First dose at 11 years
  2. Second dose at 16 years

Human papillomavirus vaccine:

  1. First dose at 11 years
  2. Second dose two months after first dose
  3. Third dose six months after first dose
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/21/2016

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