Immunization Recommendations

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A schedule of what vaccinations are recommended and when they should be done. Items in BOLD are the most frequently given vaccines.
Hepatitis B Vaccine

Given at 9 months, 10 months, and 15 months old. All teens need 3 Hepatitis B shots if they have not already recieved them. Vaccine names for the Hepatitis-B are Engerix-B and Recombivax.

Polio Vaccination Sequence

The polio vaccination sequence requires a combination of 4 doses. They are the following: IPV at 2 months4 months, 6-18 months, and 4-6 years; MMR Vaccination (2 doses needed) at 12-15 months and 4-6 years or 11-12 years.

Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, and Hemophilus Influenza B Primary Series and Tetanus/Diptheria or Tetanus Boosters

Tetrammune (DTP+HiB) (Diptheria-Tetanus-Pertussis and Hemophilus influenza B) is given at 2 months4 months, 6 months, and 12-18 months old. DTaP/DTP (Diptheria-Tetanus-Acellular Pertussis and Diptheria-Tetanus-Pertussis) is given at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12-18 months, and 4-6 years old. DT/Td (Diptheria-Tetanus and Tetanus-Diptheria) ) is given at 11-16 years old. Td (Tetanus-diptheria) should be given once every 10 years. HiB (Hemophilus influenza B) needs to be given as a separate vaccine if you are recieving DtaP/DTP. It is given at 4 months, 6 months, and 12-18 months old, for a total of 4 doses before 2 years of age.

Optional but suggested immunizations
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Varicella (chicken pox) Sequence

Varivax can be given to children 12 months through 12 years old that have NOT had chicken pox. Vaccination consists of one dose. Children 13 years of age or older that have NOT had chicken pox require two doses for vaccination,

Influenza Vaccine

The Flu vaccine (Fluzone and others, split or whole dose) can be given annually after the age of 50 years.

Pneumococcal Pneumonia Vaccine

Pneumovax can be given once every 10 years after the age of 60 years. Alternatives, can be administered once every 5 years.

Hepatitis A Vaccine

Havrix can be given to children 2 years old through 18 years old. The primary course for children is 2 doses, given 1 month apart, followed by a booster dose given 6-12 months after the primary doses. In adults, the primary course is a single dose folowed by a booster dose given 6-12 months after the primary dose.

Meningitis Vaccine

Menomune should be administered to 15-24 year olds who may live in a dormitory for periods of 3 months or more during the year. This vaccine provides protection against meningococcal disease in this age group, which has an increased risk of this disease, especially in times of outbreaks and epidemics.