What vaccines do most doctors recommend for kids? A breakdown by age

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As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues, it got us thinking: What’s a list of common vaccines that children typically receive?

We looked it up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- and here’s what the group listed online about these necessary vaccines for kids.

A breakdown by age, according to the CDC.


Before a woman gets pregnant, it’s recommended that she receives an MMR vaccine. During pregnancy, the Tdap vaccine to help protect against whooping cough and the flu vaccine are recommended.


Shortly after a baby is born, he or she should get a Hepatitis B shot (first dose.)

1-2 months

  • 2nd dose of Hepatitis B
  • 1st dose of DTaP (Diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough)
  • 1st dose of Polio
  • 1st dose of Hib (a bacterial illness that can cause meningitis, pneumonia and brain infections.
  • 1st dose of Pneumococcal disease (possible ear, sinus, bloodstream infections)
  • 1st does of Rotavirus (vomiting, diarrhea)

3-4 months

  • 2nd dose of DTaP
  • 2nd dose of Hib
  • 2nd dose of Polio
  • 2nd dose of Pneumococcal disease
  • 2nd dose of Rotavirus

5-6 months

  • 3rd dose of DTaP
  • 3rd dose of Hib
  • 3rd dose of Polio
  • 3rd dose of Pneumococcal disease
  • 3rd dose of Rotavirus
  • Influenza (flu)

7-11 months

  • Influenza (every year)

12-23 months

  • 1st dose of Chickenpox
  • 4th dose of DTaP
  • 4th dose of Hib
  • 1st dose of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
  • 3rd dose of Polio
  • 4th dose of Pneumococcal disease
  • 1st dose of Hepatitis A
  • 3rd dose of Hepatitis B (between 6 and 18 months)
  • Influenza (every year)

2-3 years

  • Influenza (every year)

4-6 years

- 5th dose of DTaP

  • 4th dose of Polio
  • 2nd dose of MMR
  • 2nd dose of Chickenpox
  • Influenza (every year)

7-10 years

  • Influenza (every year)
  • HPV (a sexually transmitted infection)

11-12 years

  • Meningococcal disease
  • HPV (2 doses)
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough (1 dose)
  • Influenza (every year)

13-18 years

  • Influenza (every year)
  • 2nd dose of Meningococcal disease (16 years old)

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