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.


  • 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?

Age of Child







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 6 months – 4 years

  • Health Canada has approved the Moderna COVID-19 pediatric vaccine for children 6 months to 4 years of age.  It is available now.
  • Click here to find out where you can get your child immunized and how to book an appointment.
  • If you want to book online click here.

COVID-19 vaccine for age 5-11 years

  • 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 get  your child immunized and how to book an appointment.
  • If you want to book online click here.

COVID-19 Booster Dose is now recommended for age 5-11 years: 

Manitoba Health is advising that all children aged 5 to 11 can now receive a booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. A booster dose is particularly important for children with an underlying medical condition that places them at high risk of severe illness due to COVID-19. For most children in this age group, this will be their third dose of vaccine.

There should be a minimum six-month interval between your child’s last dose and the booster dose. Also, if your child has recently been infected with COVID-10, you should wait three months afterward to get a booster dose.

Hot parent tip: 

  • The COVID-19 vaccine is a primary two-dose series and the recommended interval between doses is eight weeks. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends children receive their COVID-19 vaccine two weeks before or after any other vaccines to better monitor for any side effects. Manitoba’s approach is consistent with NACI, but children who have received a different vaccine within 14 days will not be turned away.
  • 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.

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