Vaccine Quick Reference Guide

The information presented in this table is based on the CDC Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule and Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5, by The American Academy of Pediatrics.

Childhood Immunization Quick Reference (by vaccine)
Name Description/Recommendation
DTaP This vaccine immunizes your child against Diphtheria, Tetanus, & Pertussis, and it is administered in five injections at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12-18 months, and 4-6 years.
Flu Annual vaccinations against Influenza are recommended for children with asthma, heart disease, HIV, and sickle cell disease, as well as healthy children, after 6 months of age.
Hep A The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all children receive the vaccination against Hepatitis A at 1 year (12-23 months). There are two doses that should be administered 6 months apart.
Hep B The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all children receive a vaccination against Hepatitis B at birth, followed by two additional doses at 1-2 months and after 24 weeks.
Hib The Haemophilus Influenzae vaccine protects children against the diseases caused by this bacteria. It is administered in 3 or 4 doses (depending on the type of vaccine used) at 2 months, 4 months, and 6 and/or 12-18 months.
IPV Vaccination is the only way to prevent Polio, a viral disease that causes paralysis in some muscles of the body. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children should receive 4 doses of the Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine, before they begin school: 2 months, 4 months, 6-18 months, and 4-6 years.
MCV4 The vaccine against Meningococcal Disease, or Meningitis, is first administered to children at age 11-12 years. It is also commonly given to unvaccinated students entering high school and college. Read more at
MMR The vaccine for Measles, Mumps, & Rubella is first given to children at 12 – 15 months, and a second dose is usually given at 4 – 6 years. What we know about Vaccines & Autism
PCV The Pneumococcal Vaccine protects against the most common types of pneumococcal bacteria infections and is recommended for all children 2-23 months.
Varicella The vaccination against Varicella Virus, commonly known as Chicken Pox, is recommended for children between 12 months or older who have not already had the virus.