Definition of Immunization, children's

Immunization, children's: Vaccinations given to children. In the US, it is currently recommended that all children receive vaccination against the following unless the child has special circumstances, such as a compromised immune system or a neurological disorder:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough), as separate vaccinations or in combination as DPT
  • Haemophilus influenzae type B (HIB)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella (German measles), as separate vaccinations or in combination as MMR
  • Pneumococcal infections
  • Poliovirus
  • Tetanus (lockjaw)
  • Varicella zoster virus (chickenpox)

  • Last Editorial Review: 3/30/2012

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