- Birth – Hep B
- 1 Month – Hep B
- 2 Months – HIB, Pc, DTaP, Rotavirus, Polio
- 4 Months – HIB, Pc, DTaP, Rotavirus, Polio
- 6 Months – HIB, Pc, DTaP, Rotavirus, Hep B, Flu
- 1 Year – MMR, Chickenpox, Hep A
- 15 Months – HIB, Pc
- 18 Months – DTaP, Polio, Hep A, Flu
- 2 Years – Flu
- 3 Years – Flu
- 4 Years – Flu
- 5 Years – DTaP, Polio, MMR, Flu, Chickenpox
- 12 Years – Tdap, Meningococcal, HPV (3 doses, girls only)
In comparison, back in 1986-87 I received DTP, IPV, MMR, and HIB. Later on I had sequences of Hep A and Hep B.
Quite the change in just 20 years! I have also found vaccine schedules for other industrialized countries to be of value, especially the Danish Vaccine Schedule. I mean, isn’t everything cooler in Europe? (This coming from the girl who hasn’t been to continental Europe since she was 2 years old and the U.K. since she was 12). But really, all joking aside … the Danish Schedule has got some good reasoning.
Dr. Sears, M.D. F.A.A.P. who wrote The Vaccine Book gives parents an alternate vaccine schedule to consider. Although this is one of the most popular books on vaccines it does have its’ critics. A thorough analysis/critism of Dr. Sears text is available here.
- 2 Months – DTaP, Rotavirus
- 3 Months – Pc, HIB
- 4 Months – DTaP, Rotavirus
- 5 Months – PC, HIB
- 6 Months – DTaP, Rotavirus
- 7 Months – Pc, HIB
- 9 Months – Polio, Flu (2 doses)
- 12 Months – Mumps, Polio
- 15 Months – Pc, HIB
- 18 Months – DTaP, Chickenpox
- 21 Months – Flu
- 2 Years – Rubella, Polio
- 2 Years, 6 Months – Hep B, Hep A
- 3 Years – Hep B, Measles, Flu
- 3 Years, 6 Months – Hep B, Hep A
- 4 Years – DTaP, Polio, Flu
- 5 Years – MMR, Flu
- 6 Years – Chickenpox
- 12 Years – Tdap, HPV
- 12 Years, 2 Months – HPV
- 13 Years – HPV, Meningococcal
The key differences between the regular schedule and Dr. Sears alternate schedule are obviously the timing and spacing of each vaccine. It also evaluates the types of vaccines that are administered together to reduce potential side affects. The order is also based on the perceived importance asking, “How likely is an infant to contract the disease”. An extensive reasoning behind the alternative schedule is available in Dr. Sear’s book, Chapter 19.
How on earth do you pick the right schedule? (Are you realizing, like me, that right is a very relative term?) I’ve got more info coming on each specific vaccine, so stay tuned! Again, I welcome your insight … what schedule did you use? Would you do it differently if you were given the chance? Was your doctor on board with your plan?
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. Please do not take any of this information as advice … rather, a review of the information I have gathered and opinions I have developed. Nothing stated is necessarily “right” or “wrong”. Always do you own research and consult with an expert before making important decisions for you and your family.