Is My Child Getting a Shot

Keeping track of immunizations can be difficult. The chart below illustrates the approximate recommendations of vaccines per age group. However, parents should ask their doctor at every well visit if their child is up-to-date on his or her shots as recommendations change frequently.

  • When available, many immunizations are given as combination vaccines. Combination vaccines are single shots that have multiple vaccines. Combination vaccines allow immunizations to be given as one shot so that your child does not have to receive one shot for each immunization. Because of this, your child may receive an immunization at a later visit so that they are eligible to receive a combination vaccine instead. Common combination vaccines are DTaP (Diptheria, Tetanus, and acellular Pertussis), Pentacel (DTaP, Polio, and Haemophilus influenzae type B), and Pediarix (DTaP, Polio, and Hepatitis B).
  • It is important to note that immunizations are given based on your child’s past immunizations as well as available supply. Your healthcare provider will let you know which immunizations your child needs at your next visit.
  • Up-to-date means your child is caught up on all needed immunizations.

What to expect from a doctor's visit for any age

Newborn check-up (1-2 days after hospital or birth center discharge)
  • Visit focus: Discuss labor and delivery information, breastfeeding concerns, needs of a newborn baby
  • Check height, weight, head circumference, temperature, heart rate, and breathing rate
  • Discuss feedings
  • Physical exam
  • Immunizations: Hepatitis B, Dose 1 of 3 (if not received at birth)
2 weeks well child check-up
  • Check height, weight, head circumference, temperature, heart rate, and breathing rate
  • Physical exam
  • Immunizations: None, if up-to-date on immunization schedule
1 month well child check-up
  • Check height, weight, head circumference, temperature, heart rate, and breathing rate
  • Physical exam
  • Immunizations: Hepatitis B, Dose 2 of 3
2 months well child check-up
  • Check height, weight, head circumference, temperature, heart rate, and breathing rate
  • Physical exam
  • Immunizations: DTaP, Dose 1 of 5; Polio, Dose 1 of 4; HiB, Dose 1 of 4; PCV, Dose 1 of 4; Rotavirus (oral), Dose 1 of 3
4 months well child check-up
  • Check height, weight, head circumference, temperature, heart rate, and breathing rate
  • Physical exam
  • Immunizations: DTaP, Dose 2 of 5; Polio, Dose 2 of 4; HiB, Dose 2 of 4; PCV, Dose 2 of 4; Rotavirus (oral), Dose 2 of 3
6 months well child check-up
  • Check height, weight, head circumference, temperature, heart rate, and breathing rate
  • Physical exam
  • Immunizations: Hepatits B, Dose 3 of 3; DTaP, Dose 3 of 5; Polio, Dose 3 of 4; HiB, Dose 3 of 4; PCV, Dose 3 of 4; Rotavirus (oral), Dose 3 of 3; Influenza, which is given every year during the flu season. For children, ages 6 months to 8 years, receiving the flu vaccine for the first time, two doses are needed four weeks apart.
9 months well child check-up
  • Developmental screening
  • Check height, weight, head circumference, temperature, heart rate, and breathing rate
  • Physical exam
  • Immunizations: Influenza, if not already given during the current flu season, needed every year
12 months well child check-up
  • Check height, weight, head circumference, temperature, heart rate, and breathing rate
  • Physical exam
  • Immunizations: PCV, Dose 4 of 4; Chicken Pox, Dose 1 of 2; Measles, Mumps, and Rubella, Dose 1 of 2; Hepatitis A, Dose 1 of 2; Influenza – if not already given during the current flu season, needed every year
15 months well child check-up
  • Check height, weight, head circumference, temperature, heart rate, and breathing rate
  • Physical exam
  • Immunizations: DTaP, Dose 4 of 4; HiB, Dose 4 of 4; Influenza, if not already given during the current flu season, needed every year
18 months well child check-up
  • Developmental screening
  • Check height, weight, head circumference, temperature, heart rate, and breathing rate
  • Physical exam
  • Immunizations: Hepatitis A, Dose 2 of 2; Influenza, if not already given during the current flu season, needed every year
2 years well child check-up
  • Developmental screening
  • Check height, weight, head circumference, temperature, heart rate, and breathing rate
  • Physical exam
  • Immunizations: Influenza, if not already given during the current flu season, needed every year
2 1/2 years well child check-up
  • Developmental screening
  • Check height, weight, head circumference, temperature, heart rate, and breathing rate
  • Physical exam
  • Immunizations: Influenza, if not already given during the current flu season, needed every year
3 years well child check-up
  • Check height, weight, temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure
  • Hearing and vision screening
  • Physical exam
  • Immunizations: Influenza, if not already given during the current flu season, needed every year
4 years well child check-up
  • Check height, weight, temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure
  • Hearing and vision screening
  • Physical exam
  • Immunizations: DTaP, Dose 5 of 5; Polio, Dose 4 of 4; Chicken Pox, Dose 2 of 2; Measles, Mumps, and Rubella, Dose 2 of 2; Influenza, if not already given during the current flu season, needed every year
5 years well child check-up
  • Check height, weight, temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure
  • Hearing and vision screening
  • Physical exam
  • Immunizations: Influenza, if not already given during the current flu season, needed every year
6 years well child check-up
  • Check height, weight, temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure
  • Hearing and vision screening
  • Physical exam
  • Immunizations: Influenza, if not already given during the current flu season, needed every year
7 years well child check-up
  • Check height, weight, temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure
  • Hearing and vision screening
  • Physical exam
  • Immunizations: Influenza, if not already given during the current flu season, needed every year
8 years well child check-up
  • Check height, weight, temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure
  • Hearing and vision screening
  • Physical exam
  • Immunizations: Influenza, if not already given during the current flu season, needed every year
9 years well child check-up
  • Check height, weight, temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure
  • Hearing and vision screening
  • Physical exam
  • Immunizations: Influenza, if not already given during the current flu season, needed every year
10 years well child check-up
  • Check height, weight, temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure
  • Hearing and vision screening
  • Physical exam
  • Immunizations: Influenza, if not already given during the current flu season, needed every year
11 years well child check-up
  • Check height, weight, temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure
  • Hearing and vision screening
  • Physical exam
  • Immunizations: Tdap, Dose 1 of 1; HPV, Dose 1 of 3 – (Dose 2 is given 2 months after Dose 1; Dose 3 is given 4 months after Dose 2); Meningococcal Conjugate, Dose 1 of 2; Influenza, if not already given during the current flu season, needed every year
12 years well child check-up
  • Check height, weight, temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure
  • Hearing and vision screening
  • Physical exam
  • Immunizations: Influenza, if not already given during the current flu season, needed every year
13 years well child check-up
  • Check height, weight, temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure
  • Hearing and vision screening
  • Physical exam
  • Immunizations: Influenza, if not already given during the current flu season, needed every year
14 years well child check-up
  • Check height, weight, temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure
  • Hearing and vision screening
  • Physical exam
  • Immunizations: Influenza, if not already given during the current flu season, needed every year
15 years well child check-up
  • Check height, weight, temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure
  • Hearing and vision screening
  • Physical exam
  • Immunizations: Influenza, if not already given during the current flu season, needed every year
16 years well child check-up
  • Check height, weight, temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure
  • Hearing and vision screening
  • Physical exam
  • Immunizations: Meningococcal Conjugate, Dose 2 of 2; Influenza, if not already given during the current flu season, needed every year
17 years well child check-up
  • Check height, weight, temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure
  • Hearing and vision screening
  • Physical exam
  • Immunizations: Influenza, if not already given during the current flu season, needed every year
18 years well child check-up
  • Visit focus: Becoming an adult, choosing a new doctor
  • Check height, weight, temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure
  • Hearing and vision screening
  • Physical exam
  • Immunizations: Influenza, if not already given during the current flu season, needed every year
19 years well child check-up
  • Check height, weight, temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure
  • Hearing and vision screening
  • Physical exam
  • Immunizations: Influenza, if not already given during the current flu season, needed every year
20 years well child check-up
  • Check height, weight, temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure
  • Hearing and vision screening
  • Physical exam
  • Immunizations: Influenza, if not already given during the current flu season, needed every year
21 years well child check-up
  • Check height, weight, temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure
  • Hearing and vision screening
  • Physical exam
  • Immunizations: Influenza, if not already given during the current flu season, needed every year