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Infant and childhood immunizations are one of the most important ways for parents to protect their children from deadly diseases.  The use of modern immunizations has helped to decrease mortality in the first year of life from 100-200 per 1000 live births in 1915 to 6.8 per 1000 live births by 2005.  No longer are infectious diseases the main cause of death in children.  The use of immunizations has changed the focus in pediatrics from the treatment of infectious diseases to one of physical and psychological health promotion and injury prevention.

For the well-being of our patients, children age 10 years and older are required to wait 10 minutes after any shots. This is to ensure that the child is feeling well and not experiencing any adverse effects of the shot.

 

All the physicians at Pediatrics, PC strongly believe in the value of immunizations to prevent disease and decrease the need for unnecessary antibiotic use.  We are happy to discuss your concerns regarding immunizations and welcome your questions at routine wellness exams.  Below are links to the US Centers for Disease Control that provide a nice review of recommended vaccinations. 

CDC Web Pages:

Vaccines And Immunizations; What You Need To Know

Immunization Schedules

Child Immunization Schedule

Pre-teen and Adolescent Immunizations

Vaccine Information Sheets

Other Information:

Travel Immunizations - Are available at the Kalamazoo County Health Department and some local pharmacies.

Giving Babies Tylenol may blunt vaccine effects - MSNBC

Talking to Kids About Shots

 

 
 

Yearly Influenza Vaccine

The Flu vaccine is recommended yearly for all children aged 6 months to 18 years every fall.  There are two vaccine options available, the killed cell injectable or the live attenuated intranasal version.

 

First Year of Life

Recommended immunizations for this age range include vaccines that protect against the following diseases. 

Hepatitis B

Diphtheria

Pertussis

Tetanus

Polio

HiB meningitis

Pneumococcal meningitis

Rotavirus diarrhea

Influenza

Second Year of Life

Recommended immunizations in the second year of life include booster doses for many of the products started in the first year of life as well as three new vaccines.

Diphtheria

Tetanus

Pertussis

HiB meningitis

Pneumococcal meningitis

Measles

Mumps

Rubella

Chicken Pox

Hepatitis A

Influenza

 
 

Prior to Starting Kindergarten

Immunizations between the ages of 4-5 yrs are given to boost immunity against the following diseases.

Diphtheria

Tetanus

Pertussis

Measles

Mumps

Rubella

Chicken Pox

Polio

Influenza

Pre-teen and Adolescent

The current recommendations for pre-teens and adolescents include both routine and catch-up doses.  Many of our current teens have not received the Hepatitis A series and some have yet to get their Chicken Pox booster as these are relatively new additions for children of all ages. 

Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis booster) - starting at 10 years of age

Meningococcal Meningitis vaccine - starting at 11 years of age with booster at 16 years or older

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) - starting at 11 years of age and up.

Influenza

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