Disclaimer: This website does not encourage or discourage vaccination. The SmartVax website is intended to be a tool to assist parents in making an individualized vaccine schedule. Every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy, but SmartVax cannot foresee every possible circumstance that might arise. Individuals using this website should be aware of this limitation and should be prepared to read further research in order to fully understand the choices they are making. This website is not intended to be medical advice. SmartVax is not responsible for individual medical decisions, and use of the information on this website is solely at your own risk.
Each vaccine has different risks and benefits in regards to infectious disease and vaccine-injury. The CDC has a USA 2011 recommended immunization schedule for children ages 0-6 can be viewed at this link: CDC 2011 Recommended Immunization Schedule ages 0-6.
There are many different manufacturers of vaccines, and some vaccines are combination vaccines (for example, the Pediarix vaccine combines HepB, DTaP, and Polio into one vaccine). Below is a link to download an Excel spreadsheet that can be used to define an individualized vaccine schedule for your child. Please note that the Excel spreadsheet contains a macro that enables it to update properly when you input your choices, so you will need to allow macro’s when opening the file. To define your individualized vaccine schedule:
- Call your child’s pediatrician to determine which vaccines they use (for example, do they use the the ActHib, Hiberix, or PedVaxHib vaccine for the Hib shots on the schedule?)
- Read the links in the spreadsheet to A SmartVax Approach to assist you in determining whether you should choose to vaccinate for each vaccine type and if so which month you choose to begin
- In the spreadsheet, populate ‘y’ into the column for each vaccine series you choose to vaccinate with, and then ‘y’ next to the manufacturer’s vaccines that your pediatrician provides. You’ll note that when a manufacturer’s vaccine is chosen for a particular vaccine type (e.g. Engerix-B for HepB), the other vaccines for that vaccine type are grayed out. Also if you choose two vaccines that would cause overvaccination, e.g. two different vaccines that contain DTaP), those rows containing those vaccines will turn red to indicate that you need to deselect one of the vaccines.
- Then for each manufacturer’s vaccine chosen, choose the month to begin the vaccine series. Once you choose the initial month to begin each vaccine series, the spreadsheet automatically populates the booster shots in that series based upon the time spacing recommended by the CDC.
- Save the spreadheet to your computer, and print it out to take with you to the pediatrician visit. If you are not vaccinating for certain vaccines or starting vaccination at a later month that recommended by the CDC, call your pediatrician’s office to discuss before the visit.
Note: The user will need to enable macros in the Excel spreadsheet in order to use the tool properly
For direct links to “A SmartVax Discussion” on each vaccine, you may use the links in the spreadsheet or alternatively click on the same links in the table below:
|Vaccine||Current Recommended USA Vaccination Schedule||A SmartVax Discussion on Vaccines|
|Hepatitis B (HepB)||3 doses at Birth, 1-2, 6-18 months||SmartVax – HepB vaccine|
|Rotavirus||3 doses at 2, 4, 6 months||SmartVax – Rotavirus vaccine|
|Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV)||4 doses at 2, 4, 6, 12-15 months||SmartVax – PCV vaccine|
|Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV)||4 doses at 2, 4, 6-18, 48-72 months||SmartVax – Polio vaccine|
|Diphtheria, Tetanus, & acellular Pertussis (DTaP)||5 doses at 2, 4, 6, 15-18, 48-72 months||SmartVax – DTaP vaccine|
|Haemophilus Influenzae Type b (Hib)||4 doses at 2, 4, 6, 12-15 months||SmartVax – Hib vaccine|
|Measles, Mumps, & Rubella (MMR)||2 doses at 12-15, 48-72 months||SmartVax – MMR vaccine|
|Varicella (chicken pox)||2 doses at 12-15, 48-72 months||SmartVax – Varicella vaccine|
|Hepatitis A (HepA)||2 doses between 12-23 months||SmartVax – HepA vaccine|
|Influenza (flu)||Yearly beginning at 6 months||SmartVax – Flu vaccine|