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August is Immunization Awareness Month

It’s time to start thinking about keeping children up-to-date on Well Child Checks, or physicals, & immunizations. The following checklist includes recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • At birth, baby will receive a Hepatitis B immunization.
  • At 2 months old, baby receives their second dose of Hepatitis B, and first dose of Rotavirus, DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis), Hib (haemophilus influenzae type b), Pneumococcal conjugate, and Inactivated poliovirus.
  • At 6 months, baby is able to receive an annual Influenza vaccine and next doses of the previous immunizations.
  • At 1 year, baby can receive the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), Varicella (chickenpox), and Hepatitis A immunizations. There may be other immunizations the primary care provider suggests that haven’t been listed.
  • From then, it’s important to note the date the child will need updated immunizations through the years. The next widely known immunization for children is the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine around ages 10-11.

Attending yearly physicals, or Well Child Checks, and keeping on a schedule can help children stay on track when it comes to immunizations. If a child falls behind on immunizations, a catch-up schedule is available on the CDC website, along with printable schedules and other vaccine information.

The Department of Health and Human Services website provides a link to the Nebraska State Immunization Information System (NESIIS) where patients can access their immunization records. Visit and search “Immunization Records” to access the link to the NESIIS website.