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Making sure your baby is up to date with his or her immunizations is an important part of keeping him or her healthy. You can help keep your baby healthy by visiting the doctor at specific times for your baby's immunizations. Talk to your doctor about which inoculations your child needs, then keep a record of the ones he or she has received.

Your doctor may have a preferred schedule for giving childhood immunizations or may vary the schedule according to the special needs of your infant. Be sure to keep your child's records up to date, as most states require proof of immunizations when your child enters day care or school. Although it may seem like a lot of shots for your baby, it's a small price to pay for avoiding many dangerous diseases.

Below is a sample immunization schedule to help keep track of which shots your child has received.

HEPATITIS B (HEP B)
[] birth to 2 months
[] 1 to 4 months
[] 6 to 18 months

DIPHTHERIA, TETANUS, ACELLULAR PERTUSSIS (DTAP)
[] 2 months
[] 4 months
[] 6 months
[] 15 to 18 months
[] 4 to 6 years

POLIO (IPV)
[] 2 months
[] 4 months
[] 6 to 18 months
[] 4 to 6 years

H. INFLUENZA B (HIB)
[] 2 months
[] 4 months
[] 6 months
[] 12 to 15 months

MEASLES, MUMPS, RUBELLS (MMR)
[] 12 to 15 months
[] 4 to 6 years

VARICELLA (VAR)
[] 12 to 18 months
[] 11 to 12 years (ask doctor)