Well Child Care Schedule

See the Vaccine Schedule page to view and print a schedule of the vaccine schedule only.

To see the current recommendations for immunizations including the catch-up immunization schedule, see the CDC immunization site.  They also have a tool online to help track immunizations for children who are behind in their immunization schedule.  CDC Catch-Up Immunization Scheduler.

Vaccine Information Statements are information sheets from the CDC (these are the same handouts given out at the well visits). We highly suggest you read these before your appointments or print these after your appointment for the shots your child has received. Each vaccine in the table below is linked directly to the PDF file for that vaccine.

You may download growth charts for your use, from the CDC website.  Please note that new recommendations are that we use the World Health Organization (WHO) growth charts for children from 0 to 2 years of age and then the CDC growth charts for children over 2 years of age.

Below is a schedule of recommended check-ups, tests and immunizations done at El Camino Pediatrics. Variations in the schedule may occur depending on individual issues. After age 6, every other year exams are recommended.

See our Vaccine Safety page for links to articles on vaccine safety.

Please note that the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) must be given on or after the first birthday. Schools and health agencies will not consider the MMR valid unless it is given this way.

Schedule of Check-ups, Tests and Immunizations

Age Tests & Immunizations
3-7 days none, follow-up hospital
2 week none, circumcision done before 2 weeks of age
2 mos Pentacel, PCV13, HBV, RotaTeq
4 mos Pentacel, PCV13, HBV, RotaTeq
6 mos Pentacel, PCV13, RotaTeq, Influenza* (Optional – Diopsys and yearly until 4 years old)
9 mos Hemoglobin, HBV
12 mos PCV13, PPD, Hepatitis A
15 mos Varivax, MMR
18 mos Pentacel, Hepatitis A, Hib
2 yrs PPD
2 1/2 yrs none
3 yrs Optional – PPD, UA
4 yrs Optional – PPD, UA
5 yrs DTaP, IPV, MMR, Varivax, PPD, UA, Vision, Hearing, Lipid panel
6 yrs to 18 yrs 6 year check up and then every other year check in the office to review growth, development, etc and any catch-up vaccines
12 yrs and older Menactra #1, Tdap (Adacel)*, HPV (Gardasil)

*Due to the 2010 pertussis epidemic, Tdap may be given to children as young as 7 years of age if they have not completed their primary series of DTaP. We are also giving routinely to children 10 years and older.

16 years and older Menactra #2 (if the first dose was on or after age 16 years, no booster is needed)

Guide to Immunizations and Tests

Tests & Immunizations Description
DTaP acellular pertussis-diptheria-tetanus vaccine
IPV injectable polio vaccine (dead virus), oral polio is no longer recommended
Pentacel DTap, IPV and Hib combination shot
PCV13 pneumococcal 13 vaccine
Hib Hemophilus influenza vaccine
Rotateq rotavirus vaccine for prevention of gastrointestinal virus, given orally
Influenza vaccine

Flu shot, seasonal

Flumist, seasonal

available between November and December/January and recommended for all children 6 months and older; especially high risk groups.  Discuss with your doctor.
Diopsys computerized vision screening, 6 months to 4 years of age; recommended yearly; discuss with your doctor for details
Hemoglobin blood test to check for anemia
MMR measles-mumps-rubella vaccine
Varivax chickenpox vaccine, 2nd booster recommended between age 4-6 years
PPD skin test to test for exposure to tuberculosis; recommended every 2-3 years
UA urinanalysis to screen for blood, protein, infection and diabetes
Hepatitis A hepatitis A vaccine optional after 2 years old; 2 vaccines given at least 6 months apart; not mandatory for school entry
Lipid Panel lipid panel screening that includes: cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL, LDL, VLDL, glucose; done in the office with a finger prick
Menactra meningococcal vaccine, protects against a meningitis bacteria
Tdap tetanus-pertussis-diptheria booster for teens, called Adacel
HPV for girls and boys, 3 shot series at 0,2 and 6 month intervals against humanpapilloma virus, called Gardasil

Parents can Sign up for Reminders for your daughter’s 2nd and 3rd vaccines with Merck.