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Immunization Scheduler And Chart

Protect your child through vaccination!

Your child’s growth should not be hindered by health problems. Therefore, it is important to get your kid vaccinated during their childhood for different life-altering diseases such as polio, hepatitis, measles and more.

For getting the child immunized at the right time, you need to maintain a schedule, and an immunization chart helps you in this regard.

MomJunction has come up with an easy-to-use Immunization Scheduler, which you can personalize. The best thing you can also download a printable version of the immunization schedule.

Enter your child’s birth date, and you will receive a personalized child immunization schedule from birth until they reach 12 years.

Your Child’s Date of Birth:
Your Child’s Name (Optional)

The immunization scheduler and chart is based on the 2017 recommendations of the US Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) (1).

Child’s immunization chart will include the following vaccines –

Type of vaccineNo of shots (dosages)
Hepatitis B3
DTaP6
Hib3 – 4 (depends on the brand)
IPV (Polio)4
Rotavirus2 – 3 (depends on the brand)
PCV13 (Pneumococcal)4
MMR (Measles, mumps, rubella)2
Influenza1 (yearly)
Hepatitis A2
Varicella (chicken pox)2
HPV2 – 3
Meningococcal2

 

Some vaccines are optional but some are mandatory. But, as parents you might want to know if vaccines are good for your baby.

Are Vaccines Safe Or Can They Be Dangerous?

Vaccines are usually safe as the benefits far outweigh the risks. Most babies do not have any significant problems, but some may develop specific side effects to some vaccines. Side effects are minor and usually disappear within a couple of days (2).

Let us have a look at the common side effects which some of the vaccines cause:

  1. 1. For DTaP/DTwP, IPV, PCV, Hib vaccines, your child may get mild fever, redness or swelling at the injection site, diarrhea, or vomiting. They might appear within 24 hours of vaccination.
  2. 2. MMR vaccine causes mild side effects after six to ten days of vaccination. Your child might have a slight fever, aversion to food and measles-like rashes. Do not panic if your baby has a rash as it is just a reaction as the body starts to build immunity against the MMR virus.
  3. 3. All vaccinations can cause a fever, and in some cases, young children might develop seizures or convulsions with high temperature. In this case, consult your doctor.
  4. 4. Though rare, there is also a chance of your child developing severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis. In this case, your child will contract allergy symptoms, such as rash, swollen lips or face, breathing issues and vomiting, within ten minutes of vaccination.
immunization facts

Mild side effects are alright, and disappear in a few days. But if you see your child suffering too much, do not ever hesitate to talk to a doctor.

Result

Child's AgeVaccine and DoseProtects AgainstRecommended Vaccination Date
At Birth Hepatitis B
Dose 1 of 3
Hepatitis B virus (chronic inflammation of the liver, life-long complications)
1 to 2 months
(part of well-baby visit)
Hepatitis B
Dose 2 of 3
Hepatitis B virus (chronic inflammation of the liver, life-long complications)
2 months
(part of well-baby visit)
DTaP
Dose 1 of 5
Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough)
Hib
Dose 1 of 4
Infections of the blood, brain, joints, or lungs (pneumonia)
Polio (IPV)
Dose 1 of 4
Polio
Pneumococcal conjugate
(PCV13) §
Dose 1 of 4
Infections of the blood, brain, joints, inner ears, or lungs (pneumonia)
Rotavirus **
Dose 1 of 3
Rotavirus diarrhea (and vomiting)
4 months
(part of well-baby visit)
DTaP
Dose 2 of 5
Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough)
Hib
Dose 2 of 4
Infections of the blood, brain, joints, or lungs (pneumonia)
Polio (IPV)
Dose 2 of 4
Polio
Pneumococcal conjugate
(PCV13) §
Dose 2 of 4
infections of the blood, brain, joints, inner ears, or lungs (pneumonia)
Rotavirus **
Dose 2 of 3
Rotavirus diarrhea (and vomiting)
6 months
(part of well-baby visit)
DTaP
Dose 3 of 5
Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough)
Hib
Dose 3 of 4
Infections of the blood, brain, joints, or lungs (pneumonia)
Pneumococcal conjugate
(PCV13) §
Dose 3 of 4
Infections of the blood, brain, joints, inner ears, or lungs (pneumonia)
Rotavirus **
Dose 3 of 3
Rotavirus diarrhea (and vomiting)
6 to 18 monthsHepatitis B
Dose 3 of 3
Hepatitis B (chronic inflammation of the liver, life-long complications)
Polio (IPV)
Dose 3 of 4
Polio
6 months or olderInfluenza
Dose 1 of 2
Flu and complications
Influenza
Dose 2 of 2
Flu and complications
12 to 15 monthsHib
Dose 4 of 4
Infections of the blood, brain, joints, or lungs (pneumonia)
Pneumococcal conjugate
(PCV13) §
Dose 4 of 4
Infections of the blood, brain, joints, inner ears, or lungs (pneumonia)
MMR
Dose 1 of 2
Measles, mumps, and rubella (German measles)
Varicella
Dose 1 of 2
Chickenpox
12 to 23 monthsHepatitis A
Dose 1 of 2
Hepatitis A virus (inflammation of the liver)
15 to 18 monthsDTaP
Dose 4 of 5
Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough)
18 months or olderHepatitis A
Dose 2 of 2, (follows 6 months after Dose 1)
Hepatitis A virus (inflammation of the liver)
4 to 6 yearsDTaP
Dose 5 of 5
Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough)
Polio (IPV)
Dose 4 of 4
Polio
MMR
Dose 2 of 2
Measles, mumps, and rubella (German measles)
Varicella
Dose 2 of 2
Chickenpox
11 to 12 yearsTdapDiphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough)
and every 10 years thereafter
MCV4 *
Dose 1
Meningococcal conjugate vaccine
HPV
Dose 1 of 3
Human Papillomavirus
HPV
Dose 2 of 3, (follows 1-2 months after Dose 1)
Human Papillomavirus
HPV
Dose 3 of 3, (follows 4 months after Dose 2)

Human Papillomavirus

Most Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why does my baby require vaccination?

Vaccination provides immunity (defense) against potentially dangerous diseases. It also prevents the spread of infections such as polio, measles, hepatitis and more. Additional shots are also needed in some cases to offer full immunity to specific diseases (3).

2. How do vaccines work?

Vaccines are dead or weakened versions of the disease-causing virus. As they are injected into the child, the body system produces antibodies to fight the disease and develops immunity. It thus keeps a record of it in the immune system and can quickly deal with similar attacks in future (4).

3. When should your baby get vaccines?

MomJunction provides you a detailed immunization chart of your child’s vaccination schedule. The first two years vaccines are given in the months 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 and 24. Your baby will get around 10 different vaccinations (in 25 shots) before they reach two.

They will be receiving booster shots for some diseases such as MMR, tetanus, diphtheria, chicken pox, pertussis (DTaP) and polio before they reach four years of age, i.e., around school-time.

Your child will receive some other vaccines such as HPV and meningitis in their teens (5).

4. Can getting more than one vaccination at once overload your child's immune system?

Your child’s immune system is stronger than you think, and you should not fear about combined vaccination. Moreover, giving a child more than one vaccine at a time can offer two advantages

  • It provides them protection during the unsafe early months.
  • Several shots at a time mean fewer hospital visits. It saves both money and time and can be less painful for the child.

Research says that getting multiple vaccines at a time is safe and does not cause any chronic health issues. The recommended vaccinations are active when given individually or in combination. Sometimes, combinations can cause a fever or convulsions, but do not result in any widespread damage (6).

5. What if your baby misses any vaccination dose?

Make a quick appointment with the pediatrician, and you can usually continue the schedule from where it stopped. But remember that although it is possible to make up for the missed vaccines, it is still not safe to postpone shots schedule for kids. They may not be fully protected from certain preventable diseases.

In some cases, the doctor will advise a blood test for your baby around two months after the vaccination to assess their body’s response to a particular vaccine. Therefore, it is better not to miss the schedules dates (7).

Disclaimer: The information provided is based on the Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule recommended by the US Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) 2017. It provides the usually recommended dates for vaccinations based on your baby’s birth date. No information about your child will be stored. If your child is having any disease or is under any treatment, you should consult your doctor for advice as the immunization schedule would be modified.

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