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It is important for children to receive routine immunizations to protect them against many life-threatening infectious diseases.
Children get their vaccines based on a schedule determined for their province or territory. The following is a vaccine schedule for infants and children in Ontario. Provincial and territorial schedules change frequently — to see the current recommended vaccination schedules for the rest of Canada, consult the Public Health Agency of Canada’s comprehensive chart.
- DTap: Diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis vaccine
- HB: Hepatitis B vaccine
- Hib: Haemophilus influenzae type b conjugate vaccine
- HPV: Human papillomavirus vaccin
- Inf: Influenza vaccine
- IPV: Inactivated poliomyelitis vaccine
- Men-C: Meningococcal conjugate C vaccine
- Men-C-A,C,Y,W-135: Meningococcal conjugate ACYW-135 vaccine
- MMR: Measles, mumps and rubella vaccine
- MMR-Var: Measles, mumps, rubella and varicella vaccine
- Pneu-C-13: Pneumococcal conjugate 13 valent vaccine
- Rot: Rotavirus vaccine
- Tdap: Tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis vaccine
- Var: Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine
Before vaccinating, talk to your child’s doctor if your child has any of the following conditions:
- If they have had an allergic reaction to a previous vaccination.
- Seizures or a serious neurological disease.
- If your child is immunocompromised. Live virus vaccines live and divide inside a person who is vaccinated, which means they can cause the disease if a child’s immune system is already very weak. As a result, children who are immunocompromised should not receive live virus vaccines such as chickenpox or MMR.
- Children with an egg allergy can get all routine immunizations, but it is possible for certain types of flu vaccines to cause an allergic reaction in a child allergic to eggs.
AboutKidsHealth is SickKids’ patient-education website and features more than 3,500 articles on a range of paediatric health topics. For more information on immunizations, vaccine-preventable diseases and thousands of other health topics, visit www.aboutkidshealth.ca.
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