3 Updates and Changes to the Vaccine Schedule You Need to Know About

Experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continually evaluate the safety of vaccines and update their recommendations to make sure your child is protected. Here are the latest changes.

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1. HPV

Kids who start the human papillomavirus (HPV) series before their 15th birthday now only need two doses of the vaccine instead of three. You can skip a trip to the doc—hooray!

2. Hepatitis B

Babies born to moms not infected with hepatitis B should get the first dose of the vaccine within their first 24 hours of life. Previously, healthy babies received the shot before hospital discharge, which could mean up to a few days.

3. Flu

The FluMist nasal spray version of the flu vaccine wasn’t recommended for kids for the 2016–17 flu season because research found it ineffective. This recommendation also applies to the 2017–18 flu season.

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