Well Child Care

Well-child visits are a time when parents can check up on their child's health and make sure their child is growing and developing normally.  Well-child visits usually start a few days after children are born and continue until your child turns 18.

During a well-child visit, your doctor will:

  • perform a physical exam
  • give the child any necessary shots (immunizations or vaccinations)
  • track how your child is growing and developing (physically and behaviorally)
  • talk about illness prevention, diet and physical fitness, and health and safety issues

Schedule

The below chart lists the recommended well-child visits, according to the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics, as well as vaccines, and tests at each visit.  In addition to these vaccinations we recommend all children aged 6 months and older receive a flu vaccine every fall.

AGE RECOMMENDED VACCINES, CLINICAL TESTS, AND OFFICE VISITS
Birth
Newborn blood screen

Hepatitis B (Hep B)
3-5 days
Newborn visit

Bilirubin test
7-14 days
Well-child visit

PKU (genetic screening)
2 months
Well-child visit
DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis)

Hep B Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b)

PCV (pneumococcal disease)

Rotavirus (given by mouth)

IPV (polio)  

(Given in 4 vaccines)
4 months
Well-child visit

DTaP

Hib

PCV

Rotavirus (given by mouth)

IPV

(Given in 4 vaccines)
6 months
Well-child visit

DTaP

Hep B

PCV

Hib

if needed IPV

Flu Vaccine if available
9 months
Well-child visit

Any catch up vaccines

Hemoglobin (iron testing)

Flu Vaccine if available
12 months
Well-child visit
MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)

Lead Test

Flu Vaccine if available
15 months

 

Well-child visit

Hep A 

Varicella (chickenpox)

Flu Vaccine if available
18 months
Well Child Visit

DTaP

Flu Vaccine if available

Any catch up vaccines
2 years
Well-child visit

Lead test
3 years
Well-child visit

Flu Vaccine if available

Catch up on any missed vaccines
4 years
Well-child visit

Vision screen

DTaP 

IPV 

Varicella 

MMR

Flu Vaccine if available
5 years
Well-child visit

Flu Vaccine if available

Any catch up vaccines for Kindergarten
6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 years
Well-child visit

Flu Vaccine if available
11 years
Well-child visit

Tdap booster (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) 

MCV (meningococcal disease)

HPV (human papillomavirus) in two doses 

Flu Vaccine if available
12, 13, 14 and 15 years
Well-child visit

Any catch up vaccines

Flu Vaccine if available
16 years
Well-child visit

MCV booster

Meningococcal B

Flu Vaccine if available
17 years
Well-child visit

Meningococcal B

Flu Vaccine if available
18 years
Well-child visit

Meningococcal B

Flu Vaccine if available