A Check List for Immunizations

Friday, August 16, 2019

child smiling as doctor hold stethoscope to his chest

Back to school season is in full swing! Not only is it a good time for new clothes and supplies, it is also a good time to ensure your kids have a healthy school year. A huge part of this task is getting your kids up to date on their immunizations.

Immunizations are the best way parents can protect their children from serious diseases that could result in hospitalization, and even death. Immunizations also protect the health of those around your children, especially individuals who are unable to receive certain vaccines do to health conditions. 

Here is a check list for immunizations by age, according to the CDC. 

Ages 2 to 3 Years:

  • Annual flu vaccine

Ages 4 to 6 Years:

  • Annual flu vaccine
  • DTaP vaccine – protection from diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough 
  • IPV vaccine - protection from polio 
  • MMR vaccine - protection from measles, mumps and rubella
  • Varicella vaccine - protection from chickenpox

Ages 7 to 10 Years

  • Annual flu vaccine

Ages 11 to 12 Years

  • Annual flu vaccine
  • Meningococcal conjugate vaccine – protection from meningococcal bacteria-based disease 
  • HPV vaccine – protection from human papillomavirus, which can lead to cancer
  • Tdap vaccine – a booster immunization for protection from diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough 

Ages 13 to 18 Years 

  • Annual flu vaccine
  • Any missed vaccines from previous years 
  • Potentially vaccines needed for traveling outside of the United States 

With immunizations, it is always important to first consult with your pediatrician. Children should visit their pediatrician for annual check-ups to stay healthy and strong. Find a Bon Secours doctor near you.  

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