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A Guide to Preventive Vaccines by Age

Immunizations are never fun for either parent or child, but they are part of the growing up process.Starting at birth, babies need immunizations five of the first six months of their lives, and then six more times until the age of six.

For many, the importance of not getting sick or catching a rare virus is outweighed by out­of­pocket costs. Fortunately, the Affordable Care Act mandates health insurance companies pay for preventive vaccines for both adults and children under the health care law. But when are vaccines required, and how often? Here is a handy list for keeping a new baby and the entire family on schedule for vaccines to promote health and better wellness.

Birth
  • Hepatitis B
1 Month
  • Hepatitis B
2 Months
  • Hepatitis B
  • Rotavirus
  • Pertussis
  • Hib
  • Polio
  • Pneumococcal
4 Months
  • Rotavirus
  • Pertussis
  • Hib
  • Polio
  • Pneumococcal
6 Months
  • Hepatitis B
  • Rotavirus
  • Pertussis
  • Hib
  • Polio
  • Pneumococcal
12 Months *
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hib
  • Polio
  • Pneumococcal
  • Influenza (yearly)
  • Chickenpox
  • Measles­-Mumps­-Rubella
  • Hepatitis A
15 Months
  • Pertussis
18 Months
  • Influenza
4-­6 Years
  • Pertussis
  • Hib
  • Polio
  • Chickenpox
  • Measles­-Mumps­-Rubella

* Some of these vaccines can be given between 12­-18 months.

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