At birth, and up to 18 months, hepatitis B vaccine protects against liver issues. Typically transmitted by way of direct contact through body fluid or blood, hepatitis B may have no symptoms, so it’s important during the breastfeeding stage, even if your child is on formula.
At 2 months, your child receives the first comprehensive vaccine, for protection against rotavirus, whooping cough, Haemophilus influenza type B (meningitis is a possible complication), pneumococcus, and polio. A repeat of this, called a booster shot, happens at 4 months. At 6 months, these are again repeated, except for the polio vaccine, for which the booster may be administered up to 18 months of age.
Between 6 and 18 months, your child receives a hepatitis B booster, and the first of two doses of hepatitis A vaccine. The second dose follows between 6 and 18 months later for maximum effectiveness. Meningitis and pneumococcal boosters follow between 12 and 15 months and a whooping cough booster is due between 15 and 18 months. Also introduced between 12 and 15 months is the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and chickenpox vaccine. Finally, annual flu shots may start after 6 months of age.
Fortunately, after 18 months the most intense period of immunization is over for your child. Between 18 months and 4 years old, only an annual flu shot is recommended. However, hepatitis A vaccination may fall within this time frame too. It’s possible any time from 6 months to 23 months.
Between the ages of 4 and 6, your child continues with annual flu shots, as they will for life. In addition, 4 boosters become due during the same age period. These are the boosters for whooping cough, polio, measles, mumps and rubella and chickenpox.
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