Talking Point #7 - How Many Is Too Many?
Looking at the CDC-recommended childhood vaccine schedue
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TALKING POINT #7
Do you know how many shots your child had before they were 1 year old? Before 5 years old? Before 18 years old?
My daughter Scarlet was given the usual CDC-recommended schedule of childhood shots by her pediatrician and received 25 different antigens by one year of age.
In fact, the CDC schedule calls for up to 27 doses of 14 antigens for babies under 1-year-old. (Hep B, Rotavirus, Diptheria-Tetanus-Pertussis, Hib, Pneumococcal, Polio, Flu, Measles-Mumps-Rubella, Varicella, & Hep A.)
By the time children reach age 6 they can expect to receive an additional 9 doses of 7 antigens. Bringing their all-time total to 36 doses of 14 antigens. (The 7 boosters children receive between 18 months and 6 years old are; Diptheria-Tetanus-Pertussis, Polio, Flu, Measles-Mumps-Rubella, & Varicella.)
By the time children reach age 18 they can expect to receive an additional 18 doses of 10 antigens. This brings their all-time total to 54 doses of 16 antigens. (Once children reach age 11 they are eligible to receive the HPV and Meningococcal vaccines. They are also switched from the DTaP shot to the TDaP shot used for adults.)
This is a summary of the Recommended Child and Adolescent Immunization Schedule for all children ages 18 years or younger, in the United States, in 2021
Hepatitis B (HepB)- 3 Doses
Rotavirus (RV5) - 2 or 3 Doses (depends on brand)
Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP) - 5 Doses
Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (Hib) - 3 or 4 Doses
Pneumococcal Conjugate (PCV13) - 4 Doses
Inactivated Poliovirus (IPV) - 4 Doses
Influenza (IIV or LAIV4) - up to 19 Doses
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) - 2 Doses
Varicella aka: Chicken Pox (Var) - 2 Doses
Hepatitis A (HepA) - 2 Doses
Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (TDaP) - 1 Dose
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) - 2 or 3 Doses
Meningococcal (MenB) - 2 Doses
Recommended Child and Adolescent Immunization Schedule for ages 18 years or younger, United States, 2021
ACIP recommends use of COVID-19 vaccines within the scope of the Emergency Use Authorization or Biologics License Application for the particular vaccine. Interim ACIP recommendations for the use of COVID-19 vaccines can be found on the ACIP Vaccine Recommendations and Guidelines page.
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