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Safety & Prevention

My child has missed some of her vaccinations.  In fact, the time when she was supposed to get them passed long ago.  Do we have to start all over again at the beginning?

No. If a particular immunization such as the diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis or hepatitis B vaccine is given in a series of doses and your child has missed one or more of them, just pick up where you’ve left off. The vaccines she has already received still count. At the next doctor’s visit, she can restart her childhood vaccinations until she’s caught up.

 

Last Updated
8/7/2013
Source
Immunizations & Infectious Diseases: An Informed Parent's Guide (Copyright © 2006 American Academy of Pediatrics)
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