Child immunizations

While immunizations are never fun for children, they are an integral component in all children’s health as well as the health of the community they live in. Here at San Diego Pediatrics, we always try to minimize the trauma of child immunizations by providing combination vaccines whenever possible to reduce the number of shots they are given. We also stock the intranasal version of the influenza vaccine seasonally for eligible children, so they do not have to endure pain or fear from any needles.

San Diego Pediatrics follows the American Academy of Pediatrics immunization schedule. Please review the schedule below and always inform your healthcare provider of any questions or concerns you may have regarding a specific vaccine or vaccines in general at the time of your child’s well visit.

Infants and toddlers up to 5 years old

Young children are most susceptible to life-threatening diseases that can otherwise be prevented with the right immunizations. Our recommended child immunizations for children up to the age of five include:

 

  • Birth: Hepatitis B
  • 2 months: Hepatitis B, Rotavirus (RV), Tetanus and Whooping Cough (DTap), Haemophilus Influenzae (Hib), Pneumococcal (PCV), Polio (IPV)
  • 4 months: Rotavirus (RV), Tetanus and Whooping Cough (DTap), Haemophilus Influenzae (Hib), Pneumococcal (PCV), Polio (IPV)
  • 6 months: Rotavirus (RV), Tetanus and Whooping Cough (DTap), Haemophilus Influenzae (Hib), Pneumococcal (PCV), Polio (IPV), Influenza*
  • 9 months: Hepatitis B
  • 12 months: Influenza*, Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR), Chickenpox (Varicella), Hepatitis A
  • 15 months: Tetanus and Whooping Cough (DTap), Haemophilus Influenzae (Hib), Pneumococcal (PCV), Influenza*
  • 4-5 years: Tetanus and Whooping Cough (DTap), Polio (IPV), Influenza*, Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR), Chickenpox (Varicella)

 *The influenza vaccine is recommended annually for all of our patients.

 Adolescents and Teens: Ages 7-18 years old

It is important for adolescents and teens to continue receiving vital child immunizations to protect against disease. Here are our recommended immunizations for children ages 7-18:

Annually: Influenza*

11 years: Meningococcal, Tetanus and Whooping Cough (Tdap), Human papillomavirus 3-dose series (HPV)

16-18 years: Meningococcal Booster

*The influenza vaccine is recommended annually for all of our patients.