Children: birth to age 6

Vaccines offer the best protection when given at the right time. Children and adults need the right shots at the right age. At Providence Health Plans, we take your concerns, your child’s health and your health seriously. For us the choice is clear: vaccinating is the healthy, safe thing to do.

Vaccinating your children is one of the most important things you can do to protect their health. When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for serious diseases. Vaccination helps prevent the spread of disease and protect against dangerous complications.

Providence Health Plans recommends a schedule of immunizations (PDF) for children that starts at birth. Following the recommended schedule of shots is important, as protection against some diseases requires more than one shot. Be sure your child receives all vaccines in a series for full protection against the disease.

To reduce the total number of shots your child receives, your provider may use a combination vaccine. A combination vaccine protects against multiple diseases in one shot. If available, a combination vaccine can reduce the number of shots given as well as the number of trips needed to see your child’s health care provider.

Ask your child’s health care provider at every well and sick visit if your child is due for any vaccines. Take your child’s immunization schedule with you to every visit and document when he or she received each shot. Children can usually receive vaccines even if they are not feeling well, and you can schedule an appointment with your child’s health care provider just to get a vaccine.

We know you have questions about vaccination, and we want to help you make the right choice to keep your child protected against harmful diseases. At Providence, we take your concerns seriously. We also take your children’s health seriously, which is why we believe vaccinating your children is the healthy, safe thing to do. View these frequently asked questions page to see why we believe vaccination is the right choice.

Remember, it is better to get vaccinated than treat a disease. We wouldn’t recommend something that is not safe for your child. Vaccines reduce and even eliminate diseases in our communities. Talk to your child’s health care provider if you have concerns about vaccines.

Based on your child’s birthday, you can create a schedule of vaccines with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Childhood Immunization Schedule.