Pediatric Health Library

Pediatric Vaccine Schedule Chart

Updated on the year: 2017

Our practice follows the vaccine guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which is described below. Please note that we may give the vaccine at a different age if there is a vaccine shortage or other clinical reason to move the vaccine to a different age (missed doses for example). For descriptions of these vaccines and the diseases they protect against, please visit www.immunizationinfo.org , www.vaccinesafety.edu, or www.immunize.org.

For detailed informational sheets published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) please visit http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/.

For an overview of each vaccine and what it's for, visit our immunizations page.

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) should not be given before immunizations.

Often parents ask should Acetaminophen (Tylenol) be given before vaccines? Because receiving immunizations can cause a mild fever, many parents and pediatricians do routinely give these medications to children when they receive their vaccinations. However, we know that fever is one sign that our body if generating an immune response. A recent study indicated that receiving acetaminophen before vaccines could possibly reduce that immune response and make the vaccines less effective. This means having a fever could make the vaccines work better! Keep in mind that this was just one study and it did not look at other fever reducing medications such as ibuprofen.

Probably the best advice is to wait and see how your child reacts to the immunizations. Many children act fine after receiving their vaccines even if they have a vaccine-related fever. If that is the case, the fever is possibly a good thing and acetaminophen isn't necessary. If however your child is acting sick after receiving vaccines, acetaminophen can be used. 

 

Ages Birth - 24 Months Vaccine Schedule

  2 mos 4 mos 6 mos 12 mos 15 mos 18 mos 24 mos
Hep B birth and 2 months   at 9 months        
Rotavirus X X X        
DTaP X X X   X    
Hib X X X   X    
Pneumococcal X X X X      
IPV X X X        
Influenza*     X  X  X X  X
MMR       X      
Varicella         X    
Hep A       X   X  

Ages 4-11 Years Vaccine Schedule

  4 to 6 yrs 11 Yrs
MMR X  
DTap X  
IPV X  
Influenza* X
Varicella X  
Tdap   X
Gardasil (HPV)   X
Meningococcal   X

*Influenza Vaccine should be given yearly

*** The HPV Vaccine is a series of 3 shots over 6 months.  The Meningococcal Vaccine requires a booster at 16 years.