Recommended Vaccines for Each Stage of Life
From birth to old age, our bodies are continuously changing—including our immune systems. In light of National Immunization Awareness Month, the health experts at Henry County Hospital are here to share which vaccines you should get during each stage of your life.
Newborns and Babies
Babies should get the following vaccines at each of these developmental milestones:
- Birth: Hepatitis B.
- 1-4 months old: Hepatitis B, DTap, Hib, polio, pneumococcal disease, and rotavirus.
- 5-6 months old: DTaP, Hib, polio, pneumococcal disease, rotavirus, and the seasonal flu vaccine.
- 7-11 months old: The seasonal flu vaccine.
- 12-23 months old: Chickenpox, DTaP, Hib, polio, MRR, pneumococcal disease, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and the seasonal flu vaccine.
Children and Teens
Children and teens should get the following vaccines at each of these ages:
- 2-3 years old: The seasonal flu vaccine.
- 4-6 years old: DTaP, polio, MMR, chickenpox boosters, and the seasonal flu vaccine
- 7-10 years old: The seasonal flu vaccine.
- 11-12 years old: Meningococcal disease, HPV, Tdap vaccines, and the seasonal flu vaccine
- 13-18 years: old: Meningococcal conjugate and serogroup B meningococcal vaccines and the seasonal flu vaccine.
Adults Over 50
The following vaccines are recommended for adults over the age of 50:
- The seasonal flu vaccine.
- A tetanus shot every 10 years.
- Shingles vaccine.
- Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23).
- Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13).
If you have questions about your vaccine schedule or you’re unsure if you’re up-to-date on your immunizations, make sure you reach out to your primary care provider.
Primary and Specialty Care in Henry County
At Henry County Hospital, we have been providing compassionate healthcare since 1919. When it comes to primary and specialty care, each patient can expect individualized care that meets their needs. From education to emotional support, we focus on your individual health and wellness.