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
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)
4 months
Well-child visit

DTaP

Hib

PCV

Rotavirus (given by mouth)

IPV
6 months
Well-child visit

DTaP

Hep B

PCV

Hib

if needed IPV
9 months
Well-child visit

Any catch up vaccines

Hemoglobin (iron testing)
12 months
Well-child visit

Hepatitis A (Hep A); not before first birthday Hib PCV

Lead Test
15 months

 

Well-child visit

MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)

Varicella (chickenpox)
18 months
Well Child Visit

DTaP

Hep A Any catch up vaccines
2 years
Well-child visit

Lead test
3 years
Well-child visit

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

Vision screen/Hearing screen

DTaP IPV Varicella MMR
5 years
Well-child visit

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

Tdap booster (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) MCV (meningococcal disease)

HPV (human papillomavirus) in two doses (wait at least 6 months between first and second dose)
12, 13, 14 and 15 years
Well-child visit
16 years
Well-child visit

MCV booster
17 years
Well-child visit
18 years
Well-child visit
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