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Even though Jacob is young, he already knows how important his doctor visits are. His doctor, or PCP (primary care practitioner), checks his height, weight, eye sight and hearing. And because he goes to the PCP every year, he’s not afraid of going.

Your child’s regular checkups are sometimes called well-child visits. These visits give the PCP a chance to make sure your child is growing up healthy. Your child will get any immunizations (shots) they need. If the PCP does find any problems, they can treat it early.

How often should my child have a checkup?

Regular visits to the PCP are important for your child. Depending on your child’s age, their PCP will do different tests and exams. Try to make the visit around your child’s birthday. That way it is easy to remember.

The PCP will probably want to see your child at or around these ages:

  • 3-5 days old
  • 1 month
  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 9 months
  • 12 months (1 year)
  • 15 months
  • 18 months
  • 24 months (2 years)
  • Every year starting at age 3 to 21

Checkups are part of your benefits with AmeriHealth Caritas Northeast. They don’t cost you money.

If you need help making an appointment or need help getting to the PCP’s office, call Member Services at 1-855-809-9200 or TTY 1-855-859-4109.

Get your child’s shots within the first 5 days of school. It’s the new rule.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is changing the school immunization regulations (PDF) in August 2017. This change is to help make sure all children attending school stay healthy. Make sure your child gets all the vaccines (shots) he or she needs within the first 5 days of school.

What is changing?

Children in Pennsylvania have always been required to get shots to attend school. Starting in August 2017, all children must get all of the required shots, or must have a signed medical certificate from a doctor to get those shots, within the first 5 days of school. Children who are not exempt*, or who do not get the required shots, or who do not have a signed medical certificate from a doctor to get those shots may not be able to attend school. Be sure to talk with your child’s school about what documentation is needed.

The schedule below lists the shots your child needs.

Children in Kindergarten through Grade 6 need these shots

Vaccine (shot)

Use

Dose

Ages recommended by the CDC** for each dose

 

Hepatitis B virus (Hep B)

 

Protects against infections of the liver.

 

3 doses needed

 

Dose 1: Birth

Dose 2: 1 month

Dose 3: 6 months

 

DTaP

 

Protects against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis.

 

5 doses needed

 

 

Dose 1: 2 months

Dose 2: 4 months

Dose 3: 6 months

Dose 4: 15 months

Dose 5: 4–6 years

 

Inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV)

 

Protects against polio.

 

4 doses needed

 

Dose 1: 2 months

Dose 2: 4 months

Dose 3: 6 months

Dose 4: 4-6 years

 

MMR

 

Protects from measles, mumps, and rubella.

 

2 doses needed

 

Dose 1: 12 months

Dose 2: 4–6 years

Varicella (VAR)

 

Protects against chickenpox.

 

2 doses needed

 

Dose 1: 12 months

Dose 2: 4–6 years

                                


Children in Grades 7-11 need all the shots listed above and these shots

Vaccine (shot)

Use

Dose

Ages recommended by the CDC** for each dose

 

Tdap booster

 

Protects against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis.

 

1 dose needed

 

Dose 1: 11–12 years

 

Meningococcal

 

Protects against common strains of meningitis.

 

1 dose needed

 

Dose 1: 11–12 years

 

Children in Grade 12 need all the shots listed above and this shot

Vaccine (shot)

Use

Dose

Ages recommended by the CDC** for each dose

 

Meningococcal

 

Protects against common strains of meningitis.

 

1 dose needed

 

Dose 1: 16–18 years


This is a general schedule for the shots your child needs to attend school. Talk with your child’s doctor if you have questions about what shots your child needs to attend school and additional shots your child may need.

Make sure you have all the forms you need from your child’s doctor that show your child got all the shots they need for school. Visit www.dontwaitvaccinate.pa.gov for more information.

Need help making an appointment for your child? Call AmeriHealth Caritas Northeast Member Services at 1-855-809-9200 (TTY 1-855-859-4109).

*Children are still allowed to be exempt (or excused) from the vaccine requirements for medical reasons or for religious/philosophical beliefs. 

**CDC stands for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention