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Birth-18 Years & "Catch-up" Immunization Schedules

United States, 2015

Details for Healthcare Professionals

Each year, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) publishes immunization schedules for persons age birth through 18 years. These schedules summarize recommendations for routine vaccines for children age 18 years and younger.

The recommended immunization schedules for persons age birth through 18 years and the catch-up immunization schedule have been approved by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

View and Print Schedules

Combined Schedule Format

Combined Schedule Format

Birth-18 Years and Catch-up

Single Page Formats

thumbnail of 0-6 schedule.

Birth-18 Years Recommended Immunization Schedule

Display and print this schedule on your website.

thumbnail of catch-up schedule.

Catch-up Immunization Schedule

Display and print this schedule on your website.

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Easy-to-read Versions for Parents

Available in English and Spanish.

You can display the easy-to-read schedules for parents on your website. See how the child (birth through 6 years) and the adolescent (7 through 18 years) easy-to-read formats will appear on your website. For instructions, see Display Immunization Schedules on Your Website.

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Create a Schedule of Vaccines Needed Since Birth

Make a Schedule for Your Child for your child logo.

2015 Create a Customized Schedule of Vaccines Needed (birth to 6 years)
Use this tool to create a personalized schedule you can give to and discuss with parents. Parents also can use this print-out to record their child’s vaccinations. Just enter your patient’s date of birth, click “get schedule”, and then click "printable schedule."


Interactive Tools

Download CDC Vaccine Schedules app.

2015 CDC Vaccine Schedules app for clinicians and other health care professionals offers you immediate access to CDC’s latest recommended immunization schedules. See childhood, adolescent, adult and catch-up vaccine schedules and footnotes on your smartphone and tablet devices. Download this free app from the iTunes App Store or from Google Play.

Note: If you previously downloaded the tool, check that you have version 2.0.1 with 2015 schedules and footnotes.

The Adolescent Scheduler tool is no longer available.

The Interactive Catch-up Scheduler online tool is no longer available.



Child Immunization Schedule for persons aged birth to 18 years.

Combined version in smaller, portable format; includes birth through 18 years schedule and catch-up schedule with footnotes applying to both.



MMWR Announcing Recommended Schedules

Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Recommended Immunization Schedules for Persons Aged 0 Through 18 Years — United States, 2015
Each year, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) reviews the current recommended immunization schedules for persons birth through 18 years of age to ensure the schedules reflects current recommendations for licensed vaccines. In October 2014, ACIP approved the recommended immunization schedules for persons birth through 18 years of age for 2015. The 2015 recommended immunization schedules are effective January 1, 2015.

Spanish Version (en español)

Spanish versions of the schedules are no longer produced. We offer only parent-friendly versions of the schedule. See easy-to-read versions for parents in Spanish.

Binational Resource

Binational Resource.

2014 Binational Immunization Resource for Children from Birth through 18 Years [2 pages] (8.5" x 14")
Side-by-side presentation of recommended vaccines in Mexico and the United States helps healthcare providers identify vaccines needed by children now in the U.S. who received some vaccines in Mexico.

2015 version coming soon.

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Changes in the Schedule Effective January 26, 2015

Each year, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) reviews the recommended immunization schedule to ensure that the schedule reflects current recommendations for licensed vaccines.

Changes to the previous schedule include the following:

  • Figure 1, "Recommended Immunization Schedule for Persons Aged 0 through 18 Years” was modified to highlight the recommendations for influenza vaccination for children for 1) live attenuated influenza vaccine, which may only be administered beginning at 2 years of age, and 2) children 6 months through 8 years, who need two doses of influenza vaccine in the first year vaccinated, and in subsequent years they only require one dose of vaccine. Therefore, the gold bar for LAIV or IIV 1 or 2 doses extends from 2 through 8 years (midpoint of column for 7-10 years) and a new gold bar (1 dose) extends from 9 to 18 years to reflect these changes.
  • A purple bar was added for measles-mumps-rubella vaccine for children 6-11 months of age, denoting the recommendation to vaccinate such children if they plan to travel or live abroad.
  • Pages 4 through 6 contain combined footnotes for each vaccine related to routine vaccination, catch-up vaccination,§ and vaccination of persons with high-risk medical conditions or under special circumstances.
  • Standardized formatting is used for footnotes for each vaccine to reflect the number of vaccine doses in a particular series.
  • The diphtheria/tetanus/acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccine footnote had language added stating if the fourth dose DTaP vaccine was administered four months or more after the 3rd dose, at an appropriate age, it can be counted as a valid dose, and need not be repeated after the recommended six month interval between doses three and four.
  • The meningococcal conjugate vaccine footnote was revised to more clearly present recommendations for use of MenACWY-CRM, MenACWY-D, and Hib-MenCY-TT in children with anatomic or functional asplenia, or with persistent complement deficiencies, aged 2 months and older.
  • The influenza vaccine footnote was updated to reflect revised contraindications  for the live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV):  LAIV should not be administered to some persons, including 1) persons who have experienced severe allergic reactions to LAIV, any of its components, or to a previous dose of any other influenza vaccine 2) children 2 through 17 years receiving aspirin or aspirin-containing products, 3) persons who are allergic to eggs; 4) pregnant women; 5) immunosuppressed persons; 6) children 2 through 4 years of age with asthma or who had wheezing in the past 12 months; or 7) persons who have taken influenza antiviral medications in the previous 48 hours.  All other contraindications and precautions to use of LAIV are in the MMWR; August 15, 2014 / 63(32);691- 697 available at [40 pages].
  • The pneumococcal vaccine footnote was updated to provide clearer guidance for vaccination of persons with high-risk conditions:
    • Administer 1 dose of PCV13 if any incomplete schedule of 3 doses of PCV (PCV7 and/or PCV13) were received previously.
    • Administer 2 doses of PCV13 at least 8 weeks apart if unvaccinated or any incomplete schedule of fewer than 3 doses of PCV (PCV7 and/or PCV13) were received previously.
  • Figure 2, Catch-Up Immunization Schedule:  Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) conjugate vaccine, pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, and tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap), and varicella vaccine catch-up schedules were updated to provide more clarity.  Minimum ages were noted as “not-applicable” for children 7 years of age and older for hepatitis A and B, polio, meningococcal, MMR, and varicella vaccines.


§ For persons ages 4 months through 18 years who start late or who are more than 1 month behind in receiving recommended vaccinations.

Presentation Graphics

These slides are only snapshots of the chart and footnote portions of the immunization schedule and are provided for use in PowerPoint presentations:

PPT slides

Immunization Recommendations

Summary of Recommendations for Childhood and Adolescent Immunization.


DTaP, Hib, and Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine Catch-Up Guidance Job Aids

CDC has developed "job-aids" with detailed scenarios by age group and previous doses of vaccine received for DTaP, Hib, and pneumococcal conjugate vaccines. These materials should assist health care providers in interpreting Figure 2, the Childhood/Adolescent Immunization catch-up schedule.


Note: To find the schedule in the CDC ordering system, do the following: Within the ‘programs’ box select ‘immunizations and vaccines (schedules and booklets)’ and click search button. At the bottom of each product is a ‘more information’ link you can click if you wish to see product before ordering.

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