I just made a 15-month schedule for our son, who is 4, to receive all the vaxes he "needs" to enter kindergarten. (He is in daycare and has an exemption now, and we will probably keep his exemption so that if the school/state should "require" more in the future, we will be on record with having an exemption.) BUT, we want to do vaxes for many reasons, not the least of which is the possibility of international travel.
In making the schedule, I kept to a "rule" of one vaccine a month. This is what I had read in several places. It gives enough time to prepare the body - additional C and D vitamins for the week prior to a vax, for example. And it gives enough time to recover. Also allows for proper spacing that some vaxes require. Almost all that require more than one shot require you to wait 2 months between doses, or 4 months between the 2-3 doses...Doing one a month allows the spacing to stay where it needs to be. In creating the schedule, I always allowed a "buffer" month for cases of these spacings (If a vax required 1 month between doses, I scheduled 2 months.) The reason I did this is that if you get a vax TOO SOON, you may be required to get it again. There is no such requirement for getting it "too late." So, we would not accidentally do a second vax 3 weeks and 4 days after the first. There is always at least one buffer month. (during which we might get another vax, though).
It took me the better portion of an afternoon, off and on, to make the schedule. I used an excel file, with months across the top and vaxes down the side. I put the required spaces in grey text between doses, and when I was moving them around, I cut and pasted the doses AND the boxes of grey text, so I would not forget the proper spacing.
The reason my plan is 15 months is that I also put typhoid in, for international travel.
Here are the spacing requirments for some of the vaxes you have to do (plus some of my notes). Varicella also has spacing, but I can't remember what it is.
MMR...2 doses (the 2nd dose is at least 28+ days apart from the first). Must be done at allergist’s office because of egg allergy. Check titers before doing second injection and withhold if he demonstrates immunity.
Hep B...3 doses. The 2nd is 28+ days from the first; the 3rd is 16+ weeks after the first & 8 weeks after the 2nd.
- Polio - 3 doses
Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis...4 doses DTaP. Check for spacing requirements.
Varicella - 2 doses. Check titers before doing second injection and withhold if immunity is demonstrated.