As a parent, you want to do everything possible to help keep your children safe and healthy—from baby proofing the house to making them wear a seatbelt in the car. There are many steps you take every day to help protect your children.
Vaccination is the best way to help protect your children from vaccine-preventable diseases, like the flu.
CDC-recommended vaccinations for children (birth through 6 years of age)
- Hepatitis A vaccine
- Hepatitis B vaccine
- Hib vaccine
- PCV13 vaccine
- Polio vaccine
- Rotavirus vaccine
- Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine
- DTaP vaccine
- Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine
- Influenza (flu) vaccine
For most of these vaccines, more than 1 dose may be recommended—please ask your doctor for a complete dosing schedule.
Not keeping up with recommended vaccinations
may put your child at risk of serious disease.
The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older, with rare exception, get a seasonal flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available, if possible by the end of October.
After October? It’s not too late to vaccinate your child! As long as the flu viruses are going around, getting a vaccination can still help protect your child.
Help protect your child
Reduce the spread of disease by keeping up with your child’s vaccinations. Ask your doctor if he or she is able to give the flu vaccine along with your child’s other CDC-recommended vaccinations.
For more information about vaccines for children, talk with your doctor.
CDC=Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; DTaP=Diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis; Hib=Haemophilus influenzae type b; PCV13=Pneumococcal conjugate 13-valent.