Immunization: Birth to Five

Updated August 20th, 2018

Immunizations are one of the best ways to protect you, your family and your community. In fact your baby will start getting immunizations at two months of age. Your health care provider will give your baby their immunizations. If you do not have a health care provider use the Family Doctor Finder.

Immunizations:

  • are safe and effective
  • protect against diseases caused by germs such as bacteria or viruses
  • are also known as a shot, needle, booster, vaccine, or vaccination

Some vaccines need more than one dose to:

  • Build immunity to prevent the disease.
  • Boost immunity that can weaken over time.
  • Protect against germs that change over time, like the flu.

What vaccines should my child get?

Vaccine
Age of Child

2
months

4
months

6
months

12
months

18
months

4-6
years

Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Haemophilus influenzae type b (DTaP-IPV-Hib)

Pneumococcal Conjugate 13 valent (Pneu-C-13) ^

Rotavirus *

Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella (MMRV)

Meningococcal C Conjugate (Men-C-C)

Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Polio (Tdap-IPV)

Influenza (Flu) All Manitobans 6 months of age and older are eligible for influenza vaccine each year. Click here for current information on the seasonal

♦  = A single vaccine dose given.
^  = Children with high-risk medical conditions and those living in First Nations communities should be immunized at 2, 4, 6 and 18 months.

For more information- Recommended Manitoba Immunization Schedule for Infants

COVID-19 vaccine approved for age 5-11

  • Health Canada has approved the pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for use in children age 5 – 11.
  • COVID-19 vaccine for children age 5-11 are available now. Click here to find out where you can them and how to book an appointment.
  • If you want to book online click here.
  • For more information visit Protect MB.

Preparing for your Child’s Vaccine Appointment

 

Preparing Your Child for their Vaccine from Shared Health on Vimeo.

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Hot parent tip:
  • Try breastfeeding your baby while she is being immunized to help soothe her.
  • Hold your child close, distract with singing or talking.
  • You can try to distract an older child with toys such as bubbles, pop-up books, puppets or rattles.
References:

Government of Manitoba: Routine Immunizations Schedules
Immunize.ca- Pain Management during Immunizations

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