Recommended Health Screenings for Children and Teens



Birth Hep B:  Hepatitis B vaccine (HBV): First dose should be given at birth. May be given at any age for children who have not yet received it.
1-2 months Hep B:  Second dose 1 to 2 months after the first dose
2 months

DTaP:  Diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis vaccine

Hib:  Haemophilus influenzae type B vaccine

IPV:  Inactivated poliovirus vaccine

PCV:  Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine

Rota:  Rotavirus vaccine

4 months DTaP, Hib, IPV, PCV, Rota
6 months DTaP, Hib, IPV, PCV, Rota
6 months and annually

Seasonal influenza (flu) shot:

The flu shot should be given to children older than 6 months. Kids under 9 who get a flu shot for the first time will get two doses, a month apart. It is very important for high-risk kids to receive the seasonal flu shot. High-risk groups include kids with asthma, heart problems, sickle-cell anemia, diabetes, and HIV. It can take up to 2 weeks after the shot for the body to build up immunity against the flu.

6-18 months Hep B, IPV
12-15 months


MMR: Measles, mumps and rubella (German measles) vaccine


Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine

12-23 months

Hep A:  Hepatitis A vaccine, given as two shots at least 6 months apart


15-18 months DTaP
4-6 years DTaP, MMR, IPV, Varicella
11-12 to 18 years

Tdap:  Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis booster

MCV:  Meningitis vaccine. Should be given to 13 to 18 year olds who have not yet been vaccinated. Children between the ages of 2 and 10 who have certain chronic illnesses also need this vaccine, with a booster shot a few years later, depending on when they get their first dose.