Immunizations

Immunizations have protected millions of kids from potentially deadly diseases and saved thousands of lives.  It is important for children to receive immunizations (shots) to prevent serious illnesses like measles, polio, and mumps.  Outbreaks of contagious diseases like measles and mumps have caused problems recently, especially in schools.   These diseases wouldn't spread as quickly - or be as serious - if people were immunized against them.  Your doctor can provide these immunizations (shots) at a regular checkup or another office visit.  You can also contact your local health department for more information.

If you have questions, you can call the Hoosier Healthwise Helpline at 1-800-889-9949.

You can also find more information about immunizations at Kidshealth.org.

Immunization Schedule

Age

Immunizations

Birth

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

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

2 months

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

DTaP: Diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis vaccine

Hib: Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine

IPV: Inactivated poliovirus vaccine

PCV: Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine

Rota: Rotavirus vaccine

6 months

DTaP: Diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis vaccine

Hib: Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine

PCV: Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine

Rota: Rotavirus vaccine

6 months and annually

Influenza: Influenza (flu) shot is now recommended every year for children older than 6 months.  Kids under nine months old who get a flu shot 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 shot the most, updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommend that all older kids and teens get it (as long as enough is available).

It is especially important for high-risk kids to get the flu shot. High-risk groups include, but are not limited to, kids with asthma, heart problems, sickle cell anemia, diabetes, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).  Talk to your doctor if you think your child might be at a higher risk than other children his or her age.

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

6-18 months

Hep B: Hepatitis B vaccine (HBV)

IPV: Inactivated poliovirus vaccine

12-15 months

Hib: Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine

IPV: Inactivated poliovirus vaccine \

PCV: Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine

MMR: Measles, mumps, and rubella (German measles) vaccine

Varicella (chickenpock) vaccine

12-23 months

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

15-18 months

DTaP: Diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis vaccine

4-6 years

DTaP: Diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis vaccine

MMR: Measles, mumps, and rubella (German measles) vaccine

IPV Inactivated poliovirus vaccine

Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine

11-12 years

HPV: Human papillomavirus (HPV) for girls, given as 3 shots over 6 months. Also recommended for girls ages 13 to 18 years if they have not yet been vaccinated.

Tdap: Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis booster

MCV4: Meningitis vaccine; also recommended for younger children from certain high-risk groups, as well as 13- to 18-year-olds who have not yet been vaccinated.