When should my baby get vaccines?

Q: When should my baby get her vaccines?

A: Your pediatrician will have a detailed chart of your child's immunization schedule. Most of the time, your child's vaccines coordinate with her well-baby visits (at months 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, and 24 for the first two years). Under the current immunization schedule, your baby will get about 10 different vaccinations (in about 25 doses) before she turns 2. She'll also receive booster shots for certain illnesses -- like measles, mumps, rubella (MMR): diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTaP); chickenpox, and polio -- before she starts school (usually around age 4). There are also a couple of other vaccines -- for meningitis and HPV -- that your child will receive as a tween, but no need to think about those just yet. For the most up-to-date information on childhood immunization schedules, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) section on vaccines and immunizations.

Originally published in American Baby magazine, February 2005. Updated 2009.


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