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Immunizations for Babies

These recommendations are established by the listed resources only and not by GEHA. The recommendations are intended as general guidelines only. Other resources may offer different recommendations. Please consult your health care provider to determine which immunizations your baby needs. Be sure to check your GEHA Plan Brochure for coverage information on all screenings, exams and immunizations.

Recommended immunization schedule for babies

At birth

  • Hepatitis B (HepB)

2 months

  • Hepatitis B (HepB) (1 to 4 months)
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus (Lockjaw) & Pertussis (DTaP)
  • Pneumococcoal (PCV)
  • Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (Hib)
  • Polio

4 months

  • Hepatitis B (HepB)
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus (Lockjaw) & Pertussis (DTaP)
  • Pneumococcoal (PCV)
  • Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (Hib)
  • Polio

6 months

  • Hepatitis B (HepB) (6 to 18 months)
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus (Lockjaw) & Pertussis (DTaP)
  • Pneumococcoal (PCV)
  • Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (Hib)
  • Polio (6 to 18 months)
  • Influenza (6 to 23 months)

12 months or older

  • Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) (12 to 15 months)
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus (Lockjaw) & Pertussis (DTaP) (15 to 18 months)
  • Pneumococcoal (PCV) (12 to 15 months)
  • Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (Hib) (12 to 15 months)
  • Chickenpox ( 12 to 18 months)
  • Influenza (6 to 23 months)

Check with your doctor or nurse to make sure your baby is receiving all vaccinations on schedule. Many times vaccines are combined to reduce the number of injections. Be sure you ask for a record card with the dates of your baby's shots; bring this with you to every visit.

Here's a list of the diseases your baby will be protected against:

  • HepB: hepatitis B, a serious liver disease
  • DTaP: diphtheria, tetanus (lockjaw) and pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Hib: Haemophilus influenzae type b, a serious brain, throat and blood infection
  • Polio: polio, a serious paralyzing disease
  • PCV: pneumococcal conjugate vaccine protects against a serious blood, lung and brain infection
  • Influenza: a serious lung infection
  • MMR: measles, mumps and rubella
  • Chickenpox: also called varicella

Source: The Immunization Action Coalition (immunize.org)