Immunizations for Infants and Young Children
Birth-6 Years Old
Parents work hard to keep their babies healthy and safe. Even healthy babies can get sick and need vaccines to protect them from serious diseases. Infants need immunizations at birth, 2, 4, 6, and 12-15 months of age. By vaccinating your child according to immunization guidelines, parents can protect their babies from 14 serious diseases before they turn 2. Young children will need additional vaccines up to age 6. See vaccine information below to learn about which vaccines your child should get at which age.
Did you know that California law also requires children to get vaccinated before starting child care, pre-K, or school? Make sure your child has all the vaccines he or she needs. Visit the Shots for School website to see which immunizations are required.
Click on the name of the disease to visit the CDC web page and learn more about each disease; vaccine abbreviations are listed to indicate which vaccine protects against each disease.
What Vaccines Does Your Child Need?
Vaccines for Your Children | Spanish
- Why Vaccinate—On-time vaccination throughout childhood is essential because it helps provide immunity before children are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases.
- Diseases & the Vaccines that Prevent Them—Thanks to vaccines, your child is protected from these diseases.
- Vaccine Schedule— View the recommended vaccine schedule provides your child with the best protection from potentially serious diseases.
- Vaccine Visit—When the time comes for your child to get his or her vaccines, here are some useful tips about what to expect and how you can prepare.
- Vaccine Safety— Common Vaccine Safety Questions and Concerns
- CDPH Immunizations Branch—Vaccines for Babies and Young Children
- CDPH Vaccine Safety: Answers to Parents' Top Questions (PDF)
Other Vaccine Resources
- Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Education Center—The Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia provides complete, up-to-date and reliable information about vaccines to parents and healthcare professionals.
- KidsHealth—Your Child's Immunizations— KidsHealth provides advice on children's health, behavior, and growth— from before birth through the teen years.
- Tips for Finding Old Immunization Records
- Vaccinate Your Family—A national nonprofit organization committed to reducing the burden of vaccine-preventable diseases.
for Vaccines: Parents Speaking up for Immunization—Voices for
Vaccines is a parent-led organization that supports and advocates
for on-time vaccination and the reduction of vaccine-preventable
- PKIDs—Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases: Supporting families/safeguarding public health
Vaccine Recommendations For:
For more information or to request
contact the San Diego Immunization Unit via e-mail or call us at (866) 358-2966.