Pediatric immunization schedule
Rely on Montage Health for education and resources to keep your child healthy. Childhood immunizations help prevent serious, avoidable diseases, including pertussis (whooping cough), polio, and meningitis.
What are immunizations?
Immunizations are a safe and effective way to prevent a person from becoming infected with an illness. A simple injection (shot) can give your child protection from harmful, sometimes life-threatening diseases. By stopping the spread of these diseases, immunizations also help protect your community.
Talk to your child’s doctor if you have questions about the benefits or risks of vaccines.
Your child’s pediatrician will recommend an immunization schedule based on the latest recommendations. Your child will get the most benefit and protection from vaccinations when you attend regular checkups.
Schedule for babies and toddlers
Shortly after birth, babies usually receive their first hepatitis B vaccine. After that, most pediatricians recommend the following timeline:
- Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP) vaccination at 2, 4, and 6 months
- Hepatitis B vaccination at 2 and 4 months
- Haemophilus influenza type B vaccination given in the same injection as the hepatitis B vaccine at 2 and 4 months and DTaP booster at 15 months
- Poliovirus vaccination at 2, 4, and 6 months
- Pneumococcal vaccination at 2, 4, 6, and 16 months
- Rotavirus vaccination at 2 months
- Tuberculosis vaccination at 12 months
- Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination at 15 months
- Chickenpox vaccination at 18 months
- Influenza (flu) vaccination yearly starting at 6 months
Schedule for children
Between age 4 and 6, your child will need booster shots for:
California law requires fully immunizing your child before they enroll in public or private state schools and certain childcare settings.
Schedule for adolescents
Protect your child as they grow from a preteen to a teenager and young adult. Recommended immunizations include:
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, which is given in a series of two or three shots depending on the age your child receives their first vaccine. This vaccine is recommended for both girls and boys to help prevent genital warts and certain types of cancer
- Meningococcal vaccination at age 11 or 12 and a booster at 16