What vaccinations does my child need?

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What vaccinations does my child need?

Immunizations save lives. Thanks to vaccinations, diseases like smallpox and polio have been eradicated in the US, and no more children will needlessly suffer from these crippling conditions. Some diseases, like mumps, have been on the verge of eradication, before they returned because not enough people were vaccinated against it.

Getting a vaccine shot only takes a moment, but most immunizations will last a lifetime. your baby will receive most of the first doses for her vaccines in the first year of her life. Most vaccines require a second or third dose before your baby is properly immunized, but the schedule for the first doses looks like this:


Two months old

12-15 months old

Similarly to DTaP, these last four diseases are vaccinated against in one shot, which is administered the first time between 12-15 months, and the second time at 4-6 years.

Having your child immunized according to this schedule is the best way to protect your child from these diseases and infections. If you start late or fall behind on your baby's vaccines, your healthcare provider will put you on a catch-up immunization schedule to get her vaccinated as soon as possible.

It's normal for children to sleep a lot after getting an immunization, and they might not be particularly hungry after. If you can, time the immunization right before a feeding so that they can eat and fall asleep after.

If you have any questions at all about immunizations, you should have a conversation with your little one's pediatrician or other healthcare provider rather than relying on any single online source.


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