Immunization: Birth to Five

Updated November 30th, 2023

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. Depending on where you live in Manitoba, your health care provider or public health nurse 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

Children should stay updated on their COVID vaccines. Everyone aged 6 months and older can get a seasonal flu and COVID-19 vaccine. For COVID-19 immunization information visit Protect MB and Protect our People 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.
  • For more tips to help your young child cope with immunizations click here.
References:

Government of Manitoba: Routine Immunizations Schedules
Government of Manitoba Covid-19 Vaccine
Protect Manitoba 
Immunize.ca- Pain Management during Immunizations