Immunizations

Bridgewater Pediatrics follows the immunization guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). For information about these vaccines and the diseases they protect against, please visit the Americal Academy of Pediatrics Immunizations page. 

For detailed informational sheets published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) please visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis .

Our Vaccination Philosophy

Our practice believes that all children should receive the recommended vaccines according to the guidelines provided by the AAP and the CDC. Vaccines are safe and effective in preventing diseases and health complications in children and young adults. Regular vaccinations help children ward off infections and are administered as one of the safest and best methods of disease prevention.

We are happy to discuss your concerns about vaccines at your child's next visit.

The Anti-Vaccination Epidemic is an informative article initially published in the Wall Street Journal that provides important information about vaccinations.

Recommended Immunization Schedule

At Bridgewater Pediatrics, the typical well visit schedule is below. We also recommend annual flu shots starting at 6 months of age.

Age of Visit

Typical Vaccination and Workup (click to learn more)

1-2 days after hospital discharge

First Hep B (if not received in hospital)

1 month

First Hep B (if not received in hospital or at newborn visit)

2 months

First Pediarix (DTaP-HepB-IPV)
Firist Hib*
First PCV 13 (Pneumococcal Conjugate)
First Rotavirus (given orally)  Hep B (If not received in hospital or at newborn visit)

4 months

Second Pediarix (DTaP-HepB-IPV)
Second Hib*
Second PCV 13 (Pneumococcal Conjugate)
Second Rotavirus (given orally)

6 months

Third Pediarix (DTaP-HepB-IPV)
Third Hib*
Third Hep B
Third PCV 13 (Pneumococcal Conjugate)
Third Rotavirus (given orally)

9 months

Toe Stick for Lead and Hemoglobin

12 months

First MMR (Measles, Mumps & Rubella)
First Varicella (Chicken Pox)  Hep A

15 months

Fourth DTaP
Fourth Hib
Fourth PCV 13 (Pneumococcal Conjugate)

18 months    

Focus on your toddler's development

2 years

Finger Stick for Lead and Hemoglobin

2.5 years

Focus on your toddler's development

3 years

Finger Stick for Lead and Hemoglobin

4 years

Second MMR (Measles, Mumps & Rubella)
Second Varicella (Chicken Pox)
May be given as MMRV (Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella)
Fifth DTaP
Fourth IPV
May be given as DTaP-IPV

5 years

Vision and hearing tests
Fifth DTaP (if not received at 4 year visit)
Fourth IPV (if not received at 4 year visit)

9-10 years

Finger stick for Cholesterol

11 years and up

 

Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis)
Meningococcal # 1, Booster age 16-18 (if #1 before 16)
Gardasil (HPV) 

16-18 years, Second Meningococca/Meningitis B Vaccine      

Annually

Annual health supervision visit that includes a physical exam as well as a developmental, behavioral, and learning assessment

 

*Indicates vaccine may be a combination vaccine and is dependent on current availability

  • Current combination vaccines are Pediarix (DTaP-IPV-HepB) and Pentacel (DTaP-IPV-HIB)

  • Please contact our office with any questions regarding any questions you  may have

 

 

Resources

Vaccine Safety: A brief fact sheet on vaccines from the Healthy Children.org