Protect your child every step of the way.

There are many ways to protect kids as they grow. Planning for vaccines is an important step you can take to help protect your child from up to 16 serious diseases by age 18.1 There can be many questions about when and why to schedule vaccines.  Here, you'll find resources to help guide you on what you need to know about vaccines and how they work.

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Get the facts. Gain immunity.

Here are a few of the most common questions related to child vaccinations.1

Yes, vaccines are very safe. Every licensed vaccine goes through years of safety testing by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure they are as safe as possible. Currently, the United States has the safest vaccine supply in its history. The most common side effects are typically very mild, such as pain or swelling at the injection site.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend parents have young children vaccinated while their immune systems are still developing, so they are able to build antibodies to protect themselves. The recommended schedule protects infants and children by providing immunity early in life, before they come into contact with life-threatening diseases.

Children get several vaccines up to their second birthday, but receiving multiple vaccines at one time does not overload the immune system. Children‘s immune systems are built to successfully fight off thousands of antigens at one time, and even multiple vaccines are fewer than what they are exposed to already, every day.

Serious side effects from vaccinations are extremely rare. Most side effects are mild (such as redness or swelling at the injection site) and go away within a few days.

Here are a few convenient options for determining which vaccines your child may be due for and when to vaccinate.

Protection For A Lifetime

At every age, there are specific vaccinations that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends for children and teens.
Below, you’ll find a list of which vaccinations are recommended for specific age groups. 

Infant to 2 Years Old

Getting the right protection, right away.

Starting vaccines from birth can help protect your child against Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rotavirus, Pertussis, Haemophilus influenzae type b, Pneumococcal, Tetanus, Influenza, Mumps, Measles and Varicella.

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3-6 Years

Protection that grows as they do.

Continue with important vaccinations that protect against Pertussis, Mumps, Measles, and Varicella. Also, your child will continue to receive Flu shots yearly.

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7-13 Years

Preparing for their teen years.

Preteen vaccinations can help protect against HPV, Meningitis, and Mononucleosis. Also, your child will continue to receive Flu shots yearly.

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14-18 Years

For immunity into adulthood.

Continuing recommended vaccines and annual Flu shot through age 18 can help your child stay healthy.

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Take the next step.

Whether you’re looking for more information or ready to schedule an appointment, here’s some help to take the next step. 

Questions to ask your doctor about vaccines

Not sure what to ask your doctor before making a decision on vaccinations? Here’s a guide to help you know what to ask.

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View preventive care guidelines

Get a full checklist of recommended preventive care for your child, based on age.

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Finding a doctor

Take a look to find contact information for your pediatrician, confirm insurance coverage for your clinic or provider, or find a new provider.

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1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Vaccines for your childrenOpens a new window

Certain preventive care services, including immunizations, are provided as specified by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), with no cost-sharing to you. These services are based on your age and other health factors. Some plans may require copayments, deductibles and/or coinsurance for these benefits. Always review to your plan documents to determine your specific coverage.