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2011 Schedule
How many Injections of Vaccines before age six will your child get?
And how many Antigens do these Vaccines contain?
Also, how many more Injections and Antigens before age 18?
Injection: A single shot that may contain vaccines for more than one disease.
Note: for ease of presentation, we are counting oral capsules and sprayed influenza vaccine as "shots."

Vaccine: A concoction of antigens and other toxic materials.

Antigen: Any substance that stimulates the production of antibodies. A wide variety of substances are antigens. These substances include viruses and even fragments of the protein covering of virus.

Pathogen: A microorganism which causes disease. (Note: This is the mainstream standard definition. Students of natural health principles should know that we are NOT endorsing the concept that viruses are a major cause of infections. "The terrain is everything, the pathogen is nothing.")

A vaccine against a single disease may contain several antigens (strains of pathogen associated with a single disease.). Some people will count this as several vaccines. For consistency and clarity, we will count this as one vaccine containing several antigens. Here, the word vaccine refers to a concoction against a single disease regardless of how many strains of pathogen (separate antigens) are in the vaccine. We will use the word antigen to count each stimulation to the immune system by an individual virus strain, bacteria variety or toxin.

Example: The polio vaccine contains three different viruses. Each virus is an antigen, thus this triple antigen injection will be counted as a single vaccine containing 3 antigens within one injection. Or in one sugar cube, if referring to the Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV).

As another example, the older pneumococcal vaccine (PCV 7) contains 7 strains of pneumococcal viruses and currently PVC 13 contains 13 strains of pneumococcal viruses. Each of the pneumococcal vaccines also contains diphtheria toxin. Thus PCV 7 vaccine contains a total of 8 antigens but is only intended to be a vaccine against seven strains of pneumococcal disease. The diphtheria component is present in the vaccine to boost the immune system response so more antibodies againt the pneumococcal antigens are created. The diphtheria component in the Hib vaccine is for the same purpose. Some other single injections contain multiple vaccines. Each antigen is a separate vaccine. Example: DTP is a triple vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. MMR is another triple vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella.

Table 1. Year 2011.
Number of Injections ACIP recommends before Age 6.
Number of antigens in each injection.
(Single Injection)
Antigens (by name)
(each Injection)
# of Antigens
(each Injection)
# of "Injections"
(in CDC schedule)
Total # of Antigens
(Injections x Antigens)
Hep bHepatitis B133
Rotavirus5 strains (Oral)53 (2)†15 (10)†
DTaPdiphtheria, tetanus and pertussis3515
HibHib + diphtheria carrier24 (3)^8 (6)^
Prevnar 13 (PCV)pneumococcal 13 strains + diphtheria carrier144 56
PPSV *pneumococcal 23 strains
(given to High Risk groups only)
231 *23 *
IPV3 strains of polio3412
Influenza3 strains of influenza3721
MMR measles, mumps and rubella326
Varicellachicken pox (1 primary + 1 booster)122
Hepatitis AHepatitis A12 2
Meningococcal4 strains
(given to High Risk groups only)
42 *8 *
Totals "Injections"* Antigens*
Totals * = High Risk children Max. of 39 * As many as 171 *
If in both HIGH RISK groups.
Totals | for Low Risk Children 34-36 133-140
† If Rotarix is administered at ages 2 and 4 months, a dose at 6 months is not indicated.
^ With certain combination vaccines the 6 month dose is not required.

* Denotes children in a high risk group. If your child is not in a high risk group, he/she will receive 34-36 injections.

Note: This chart includes both nasal and oral administration in the term "injection".

Table 2. Year 2011.
Number of Injections ACIP recommends between ages 7 and 18 years.
Number of antigens in each injection.
(Single Injection)
Antigens (by name)
(each Injection)
# of Antigens
(each Injection)
# of Injections
(in CDC schedule)
Total # of Antigens
(Injections x Antigens)
DTaPdiphtheria, tetanus and pertussis313
HPVHuman Papillomavirus
[females only]
or 2
3 6
Meningococcal4 strains 42 8
Influenza3 strains of influenza31133
PPSV *pneumococcal 23 strains
(given to High Risk groups only)
231 *23 *
Hepatitis AHepatitis A series **
(given to High Risk groups only)
12 *2 *
Totals Injections* Antigens*
Totals * = High Risk children Max. of 20 * As many as of 75 *
If in both HIGH RISK groups.
Totals | for Low Risk Children 17 50
** Hepatitis A series is not required if the series was administered to the child aged 2 through 6 years.

Thus, if your child is not in a high risk group, he or she will receive 17 "injections", and if in both high risk groups will receive three more for a maximum of 20 injections. Note: we include both nasal administrations in "injection."

Down load 7-18 year old schedule here:

Vaccines recommended before age six in 1983 compared to 2007.
(Age for recommended injection is shown in parentheses.)
In 1983, a child received 10 injections before age six but in 2007 the number of injections recommended is 36.

In 1983, the 10 injections against seven diseases included a total of 30 antigens. The child's body experienced 30 separate stimulations of the immune system from vaccines.

In 2007, the 36 recommended injections contain 116 antigens or almost 4 times as many stimulations of the immune system as in 1983.

To download the 2007 Child and/or Adolescent recommended schedules, click here:

A reduced size of the 2007 CDC chart is here.

The Vaccine Schedule graph above was downloaded from:, an excellent site for vaccine information.

Diseases Added to Vaccination Schedule 1985 to 2006
Age: Birth to Adolescent

This graph of individual vaccines in the Routine Childhood & Adolescent Schedules is thanks to:

Note: The vaccines recommended in 2006 are the same as for 2007.

You can see at a glance that 3 vaccines were added between 1985 and 1995. Then 5 more vaccines were added for boys between 1995 and 2006 and a 6th vaccine (HPV) was added to the recommended list for girls.
Thus over twice as many vaccines are recommended in 2007 as in 1985. The number of antigens has increased by 4 times.
From 1985-1995 - 3 vaccines were added to the recommended schedule.
From 1995-2006 - 6 more vaccines were added to the recommended schedule.

2007 Vaccine Schedule as recommended by the ACIP/CDC

The graph above is reduced in size from the original. The larger original with explanations was found at:
There is a page of links to several versions of the CDC 2007 Childhood and Adolescent schedules at:

Additional Information

This CDC website has a vaccine scheduler. (Listed for information only, we do not recommend vaccinations.)

Are we over vaccinating our children -- Yes
Cynthia Janak compares the vaccination schedules of 33 countries.

Links to National Childhood Vaccination Schedules

2005 through 2010 Immunization Schedule - Japan

Vaccination Schedule - India

The CDC has an archive of vaccine schedules here:
The years 1995 through 2010 are available in html files, plus 1983, 1989 and 1994 are available as JPEGs.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has a "immunization" history schedule here:

Merck Manual, 1950, basic portion of vaccine schedule

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Found at Mothering.Com Magazine
Here's a vaccination schedule for 1974 from my mom's Better Homes & Gardens Family Medical Guide:

2 months: DTP, TOPV (trivalent oral polio virus)
4 months: DTP, TOPV
6 months: DTP, TOPV
1 year: Measles, TB test
1-12 years: Rubella, Mumps
1 1/2 years: DTP, TOPV
4-6 years: DTP, TOPV

This graphic was found at:

Click here for an enlarged version of this graphic.

Another nice graph posted on a Twitter account:
1940-1980-2013 Scroll down toward page bottom.

Another way of looking at the increase of the number of vaccines over the past 20+ years is to look at the total price increase.
Note: this includes ages birth to 18 years so the number of vaccines is higher than shown in the graphs above.

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Cost increase 0-l8age 1990-2012