Immunizations: Is your child up-to-date?

Vaccines can protect your child from serious diseases and may save his or her life. Check out the chart below with recommended ages for routine immunizations to make sure your child’s shots are up-to-date.

To be fully protected against diseases, your child may need several shots spread out over months or years. Since many combination and oral/intranasal vaccines are available, patients rarely receive more than three shots at one visit.

Rarely if a child has underlying medical conditions or takes certain medications should he or she not receive certain vaccinations. Review these guidelines with your child’s pediatrician and talk about any concerns you may have, including:

  • New vaccines that are available
  • Special vaccines, such as flu shots for children with certain risk factors, including heart disease, diabetes and asthma
  • Catch-up vaccines if your child has missed certain immunizations
  • Booster shots for older children
  • Possible side effects, such as mild pain and swelling at the injection site or a low-grade fever. Severe reactions are rare.

Track your child’s vaccinations, make appointments and more with MyUHCare. Learn more at UHhospitals.org/MyUHCare.

Vaccination Chart
Allayne Stephans

ALLAYNE STEPHANS, MD
General Pediatrician, UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital
Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

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