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Snapshot on shots: What your childs needs and when

The human body is incredible, and all of its intricacies are something many of us will never fully comprehend. As a child’s body grows and develops, it is important to make sure they are getting the appropriate shots at the appropriate time, which can significantly aid and protect their body. 

While you should always consult your doctor first, Dr. Jessica Butts, family and sports medicine physician with Middle Tennessee Medical Group, suggests this quick “snapshot” of which shots your child should be getting when: 

Hepatitis B: Birth, 1-2 months and 6-18 months

Rotavirus: 2 months, 4 months and 6 months

DTaP: 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 15-18 months and 4-6 years

Tdap: 11-18 years (suggested 11-12 years)

Haemophilus influenza type b and pneumococcal vaccine: 2 months, 4 months, 6 months and 12-15 months

Polio: 2 months, 4 months, 6-18 months and 4-6 years

Flu: Yearly, beginning at 6 months

MMR and varicella (chickenpox): 12-15 months and 4-6 years

Hepatitis A: 12-23 months

Meningococcal: 11-12 years

HPV: 11-12 years 

Don’t have a primary care physician? Call 615.396.6310 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Butts or 1-800-Doctors for a free physician referral.

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