Vaccinations From 0-24 Months: Frequently Asked Questions
When a baby comes into the world, they become vulnerable to the foreign pathogens they encounter. The newborn can't fight the diseases off alone, and immunizations protect them. Newborns and young babies get immunizations quickly and continue to receive them for several months. Learn more about vaccinations from 0-24 months.
What vaccinations will your child need? And when?
While extenuating circumstances may alter the schedule for a particular child or a child may receive a different but similar vaccination with a different schedule, the common newborn immunization schedule is as follows:
- Hepatitis B vaccination: 3-4 doses administered between 0-15 months
- Rotavirus vaccination: 2-3 doses administered between 2-6 months
- Diphtheria, tetanus, & acellular pertussis: 4 doses administered between 2-18 months
- Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccination: 3 doses administered at months 2-4 then a booster at 12-15 months
- Pneumococcal vaccination: 4 doses administered between 2-15 months
- Inactivated poliovirus: 3 doses administered between 2-12 months.
- Measles, mumps, rubella: 1 dose administered between 12-15 months
- Hepatitis A: 2 doses administered between 12-24 months
If you fail to follow the schedule for whatever reason, talk to your doctor to resolve the issue.
Are you legally required to immunize your child?
Every state establishes its own laws regarding immunization. While not technically required, most states require immunization paperwork before a child can start public school. Check with your state to learn more details.
Rest assured that these immunizations are commonplace and safe. Talk to your doctor about any concerns you have.
Will the child experience any side effects?
Newborns will likely cry at the shock of the needle, but the vast majority don't experience side effects. Side effects are usually minor, such as redness and soreness. Some babies will get flu-like symptoms, which should be watched carefully.
How can you make the experience pleasant for your baby?
No parent wants to see their child in pain. Start by remaining calm. Your baby can sense your anxiety and become frightened. You can also do your best to distract the baby as much as possible. However, the baby will probably still feel the needle. Afterward, praise the baby and give them a treat to include positive associations with the experience.
Immunizations will keep your child healthy during a time of a weakened immune system. For more information on immunizations and why they are needed for your child, contact a doctor or general practitioner in an area near you.