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Recommended immunization schedule for baby's first year

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Recommended immunization schedule for baby’s first year

Immunizations are one of the most important tools of preventative medicine that we have. A few brief shots given during childhood can provide a lifetime’s worth of protection against serious disease. Many of the first doses of the vaccines that will help protect your baby will be given in her first year.

As your baby gets older, she may need further doses of some vaccines to be properly immunized for the long term. But the recommended immunization schedule for your baby’s first year is scheduled in a way that’s meant to help her build immunity against disease as early as possible. This is particularly important because many of the diseases these vaccines protect against can be especially dangerous for children.

Not all of the immunizations are given as shots—some can be given orally—but many of those that are can actually be bundled into a single combination shot, which means fewer needles for your little one. Fortunately those very brief ouchies provide long-lasting protection.

The recommended immunization schedule for most all children in their first year is as follows:

Birth

Two months old

Four months old

Six months old

12 months old

Again, the diseases these vaccines protect against can be particularly dangerous for children, so it’s important that your baby get her regularly scheduled immunizations. But if for any reason your little one misses a scheduled vaccination, be sure to let your child’s healthcare provider know so that they can help your baby get back on track as soon as possible. And if you have any questions about immunizations, you should speak with your child’s healthcare provider—that’s what they’re there for.

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* A note on the Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) vaccine: There are a few different types of Hib vaccines. Most are a four dose series of vaccines given at 2, 4, 6, 12–15 months old, and one is a three dose series of vaccines given at 2, 4, and 12–15 months old.

** A note on the Rotavirus (RV) vaccine: There are two different kinds of RV vaccines. One is a two dose series of vaccines given at 2 and 4 months old, and one is a three dose series of vaccines given at 2, 4, and 6 months old.

*** A note on the Influenza (IIV), or flu, vaccine. In a child’s first year, they need two doses of the flu vaccine. Following this, they should then get one flu shot again each year by the end of October, which is before the flu virus typically starts spreading during flu season.

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