Vaccinations & children

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) suggests all children from time of birth are vaccinated for many potentially fatal diseases. Their guidelines start from the time of birth throughout, up to a child’s eighteenth birthday. Many school districts will not accept children into the school unless they have a complete vaccination record.

Parents opting to not vaccinate their children are usually forced to provide documents citing their religious or ethic reasons for not vaccinating a child, or they must home-school their child.

Before a newborn leaves the hospital with his or her parents, a first dose of the Hepatitis B¹ vaccine is given. Follow-up care with a pediatrician is highly recommended to ensure an infant receives all necessary vaccinations.

During an infant’s two-month check-up, another dose of the Hepatitis B¹ vaccine is given. Vaccinations for Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis², Haemophilus Influenzae Type B³, Inactivated Poliovirus, and Pneumococcal? Are also given many of these vaccinations are given in combined vaccinations reducing the number of shots that an infant must receive.

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At four months of age, an infant receives another dose of the Hepatitis B¹, Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis², Haemophilus Influenzae Type B³, Inactivated Poliovirus, and Pneumococcal? Vaccines.

At six months of age, a booster for Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis², Haemophilus Influenzae Type B³, and Pneumococcal? Is given.

Between the ages of six and eighteen months, boosters for Hepatitis B¹, Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis², Haemophilus Influenzae Type B³, Inactivated Poliovirus, and Pneumococcal? Are given the first vaccines for MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella), Influenza? Varicella (Chickenpox), and Hepatitis A are given.

The next round of booster shots come between the ages of four to six years. Shots for Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis², and Inactivated Poliovirus complete most children’s vaccination records.

Boosters for Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis² are received at a child’s sixteenth birthday.