Growing Up Healthy

A regular check-up for a child under the age of 18 is often called a “well-child visit.” These visits help infants, children and teens get the care they need to stay healthy. 

Baby laughing with doctor

During these visits, the doctor will do a physical exam, track the
child’s growth and development, and give any needed immunizations.


  • It is an opportunity for parents, providers, and children to talk about nutrition, safety, immunizations and many important age-appropriate topics. 

  • Making sure that your child sees their doctor for well-child visits and recommended immunizations is one of the best things you can do to
    protect your child and community from serious diseases. 

  • These visits are important - even if your child is healthy! 

Looking for a way to keep track of all your child’s well-child visits? 

Print the Well-Child Tracking Card here.


Well-Child and Immunization Timing

This table will help you see when children need well child visits and the immunizations that are recommended at each visit. 

Child’s Age for Well-Child Visit

Immunizations Recommended

Within the first week

Hep B (if not received at birth)

2 months

Hep B, Rotavirus, DTaP, Hib, PCV, IPV

4 months

Rotavirus, DTaP, Hib, PCV, IPV

6 months

Hep B, Rotavirus, DTaP, Hib, PCV, IPV

9 months

Hep B, IPV

12 months

MMR, Hep A, Varicella

15 months

Hep A, DTaP, Varicella (only if missed at 12 months), Flu (if/when necessary)

18 months

Hep A, DTaP, Flu (if/when necessary)

2 and 2 ½ years old

Catch up on any missing or delayed immunizations

3 years old


4 years old

Flu, DTaP, IPV, MMR, Varicella

5 years old

Flu, DTaP, IPV, MMR, Varicella (only if missed at age 4)

6-10 years old

Flu (annually)

11-12 years old

Flu, HPV*, Tdap, Meningococcal
*HPV series can begin at age 9

13-15 years old

Flu (annually)

16-18 years old

Meningococcal, Flu (annually)

Call your doctor to make an appointment for a well-child visit. If you need help finding a doctor, call our Member Services Department at (888) 483-0760 (TTY/TDD: 711).

6th month old baby with bandaid