Preventive care is critical to the health and well-being of children. To help prevent the spread of diseases, it is important to stay current on immunizations and vaccinations. Call us to schedule an appointment to update your child's immunizations and vaccines.

Recommended Preventive Care or Well-Child Check-Up Visits

  • Within the first week after the discharge from the Nursery (usually 3-5 days after)
  • 2 months old
  • 4 months old
  • 6 months old
  • 9 months old
  • 12 months old
  • 15 months old
  • 18 months old
  • 24 months or 2 years old
  • 30 months old (please check with your insurance regarding coverage)
  • 36 months or 3 years old
  • Yearly thereafter

Immunization Schedule

This schedule may vary upon where you live, your child's health, the type of vaccine, and the vaccines available. Some of the vaccines may be given as part of a combination vaccine so that your child gets fewer shots. Ask your doctor which vaccines your child should receive.


  • Hep B: Hepatitis B vaccine (HBV); recommended to give the first dose at birth, but may be given at any age for those not previously immunized.

1-2 months old

  • Hep B: Second dose should be administered 1 to 2 months after the first dose.

2 months old

  • DTaP: Diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis vaccine.
  • Hib: Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine.
  • IPV: Inactivated poliovirus vaccine.
  • PCV: Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine.
  • Rota: Rotavirus vaccine.

4 months old

  • DTaP
  • Hib
  • IPV
  • PCV
  • Rota

6 months old

  • DTaP
  • Hib
  • PCV
  • Rota

6 months old and annually

  • Seasonal influenza. Influenza vaccine is now recommended every year for children older than 6 months (instead of just the youngest, as before). Kids under 9 who get a flu vaccine for the first time will receive it in two separate doses a month apart.

Although young tots (from 6 months to 5 years old) are still considered the group of kids who need the flu vaccine the most, updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommend that all older kids and teens get it too (as long as enough is available).

It's also especially important for high-risk kids to be vaccinated. High-risk groups include, but aren't limited to, kids with asthma, heart problems, sickle cell anemia, diabetes and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

It can take up to 1 or 2 weeks after the shot for the body to build up protection to the flu.

  • H1N1 (Swine) Influenza. All children 6 months and older should receive this vaccine in addition to the seasonal flu vaccine. Kids under 9 will receive the vaccine in two separate doses (a month apart), while older kids will receive just one dose. Following the 2009-2010 flu season, recommendations for this vaccine may change, so talk to your doctor about what's recommended for your child.

6-18 months old

  • Hep B
  • IPV

12-15 months old

  • Hib
  • MMR: Measles, mumps, and rubella (German measles) vaccine.
  • PCV
  • Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine

12-23 months old

  • Hep A: Hepatitis A vaccine; given as two shots at least 6 months apart.

15-18 months old

  • DTaP

4-6 years old

  • DTaP
  • MMR
  • IPV
  • Varicella

11-12 years old

  • HPV: Human papillomavirus vaccine, given as 3 shots over 6 months. It's recommended for girls ages 11 or 12, and also recommended for girls ages 13 to 18 if they have not yet been vaccinated. The vaccine also may be given to boys ages 9 to 18.
  • Tdap: Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis booster.
  • MCV: Meningitis vaccine; should also be given to 13- to 18-year-olds who have not yet been vaccinated. Children between the ages of 2 and 10 who have certain chronic illnesses will also need this vaccine, with a booster shot a few years later, depending on the age at which the first dose was given.

College entrants

  • MCV: Meningitis vaccine; recommended for previously unvaccinated college entrants who will live in dormitories. One dose will suffice for healthy college students whose only risk factor is dormitory living.