Each year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) release updated vaccine recommendations for children, teens and adults. While the CDC’s recommended vaccination schedules do not change significantly from year to year (and some years do not change at all), it is still important for parents and adult vaccine recipients to stay up-to-date with the CDC’s latest recommendations. The CDC’s vaccine recommendations for 2020 can be found here:
- Recommended Child and Adolescent Immunization Schedule for Ages 18 Years of Younger
- Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule for Ages 19 Years or Older
2020 Vaccine Recommendations for Children Through Six Years of Age
Since the full recommended vaccine schedules can be confusing, the CDC has released condensed versions for children through six years of age and for children ages seven through 18. For children through the age of six, the CDC recommends:
- Hepatitis B – One dose at birth, a second dose at one to two months of age, and a third dose at between six and 18 months.
- Rotavirus – Three doses given at two, four and six months.
- DTaP – A five-dose series administered at two months, four months, six months, 15 to 18 months, and four to six years.
- Hib – Four consecutive doses at two, four, six, and 12 to 15 months.
- PCV13 – Four consecutive doses at two, four, six, and 12 to 15 months (same as Hib).
- IPV – Doses at two months, four months, six to 18 months, and four to six years.
- Influenza – Annual flu shots beginning at six months of age.
- MMR – Two doses, one at 12 to 15 months and a second at four to six years.
- Varicella (chickenpox) – Two doses, one at 12 to 15 months and a second at four to six years (same as MMR).
- Hepatitis A – Two doses administered six months apart between 12 and 24 months.
2020 Vaccine Recommendations for Children Ages Seven Through 18
The CDC’s recommendations for children ages seven through 18 are slightly more complicated, as specific recommendations can vary based on a child’s risk factors and vaccination history. The CDC’s general recommendations for children seven years of age and older are as follows:
- Influenza – Annual flu shot.
- Tdap – Immunization at 11 to 12 years of age.
- HPV – A two-dose series administered at 11 to 12 years of age (a three-dose series may be necessary for children with weakened immune systems)
- MenACWY – Immunization at 11 to 12 years of age and a booster shot at age 16.
2020 Vaccine Recommendations for Adults
The CDC’s vaccine recommendations for adults are also partially based on individuals’ risk factors and vaccination histories. With this in mind, the CDC’s general vaccine recommendations for adults are:
- Influenza – Annual flu shot.
- Tdap or Td – One dose of Tdap and then a Tdap or Td booster shot every 10 years.
- MMR – One to two doses for adults born after 1956.
- Varicella (chickenpox) – Two doses for adults born after 1979.
- Zoster recombinant – Two doses for adults 50 years of age and older.
- HPV – Two or three doses depending on age at initial vaccination and current health condition.
- Pneumococcal polysaccharide – One dose for adults 65 years of age and older.
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Prior to getting vaccinated or having their children immunized, all individuals should consult with their physicians, and they should ensure that they are aware of the risks associated with the CDC’s recommended vaccinations. If you or a loved one is diagnosed with a vaccine-related injury or illness, you may be entitled to financial compensation, and we encourage you to call 202-800-1711 or contact us online for a free consultation.
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