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Infant Vaccination Schedule

Learn the infant vaccination schedule from pediatrician Dyan Hes, M.D. in this Howcast video about newborn and baby development.

Transcript

So The American Academy of Pediatrics has devised a vaccination schedule that
the majority of infants in the United States follow. You need to follow
the infant vaccination schedule in order to enter daycare or nursery school,
kindergarten and then ultimately into elementary school, middle school and
high school.

The vaccines can start anywhere from birth, including the Hepatitis B vaccine and then the routine vaccines start at two months, four months, six months, one year, fifteen months, eighteen months and then the yearly flu vaccine and then boosters at four years. Then again there is another set of shots at 11 years.

The vaccine schedule is always changing based on research, based on epidemics that are occurring in the United States. Different countries have different vaccination schedules. So a child who might have been born in Europe or in Asia might have been given different infant vaccines because they have different infectious diseases
that are predominant in their area where they live. Even throughout the United States things like Hepatitis A vaccine are optional in certain areas and they are mandatory in certain areas because there have been outbreaks of Hepatitis A.

The Vaccination schedule is safe and we recommend using combination vaccines. It limits the amount of vaccinations your child is ultimately given. It gives the same immunity and it combines certain vaccine products together. And by separating out the vaccine and giving each individual disease vaccine separately it does not make the vaccine take better and it does not help your child's immune system. It's better to
give the combined immune schedule as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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