Protecting Children through Vaccinations
According to the Academy of Pediatrics, childhood immunization has been called our society’s greatest healthcare achievement. It has led to the reduction or eradication of once common childhood diseases.
PriMed physicians recommend parents and guardians follow the recommended immunization schedule for protecting their children against diseases.
This is a current schedule of immunization; however, new recommendations can occur. The science of immunizing our children is a rapidly changing field. For this and many other reasons, it is important to maintain your child's complete physical exam schedule.
|Baby's/Child's Age||Immunization Required|
(not under 6 weeks)
|Hep B, Pentacel, Pneumococcal, Rotavirus|
|4 Months||Pentacel, Pneumococcal, Rotavirus|
|6 Months||Pentacel, Pneumococcal, Rotavirus|
|12 Months||Pneumococcal, Hep A|
|15 Months||MMR, Pentacel, Varicella|
|18 Months||Hep A, Hepatitis B|
|5 Years||DTaP, IPV, MMR, Varicella|
|11-12 Years||Tdap, Meningococcal, HPV (series of 3)|
|6 Months and older||Influenza, Annual vaccination for Seasonal and H1N1|
|Every 10 years||Tdap|
What are the Immunizations?
A combination of vaccines, containing DTap, IPV and Hib
Diphtheria: A severe throat infection with potential complications involving the heart and lungs.
Tetanus: Otherwise known as lock-jaw. It is a life-threatening infection involving the nervous system and muscles.
Pertussis: Otherwise known as whooping cough, a severe infection of the lungs and bronchial tree. Now given in an "acellular" form.
Injectible Polio Vaccine: This virus can cause muscle paralysis.
Measles: Known for its rash, this disease can also cause brain damage.
Mumps: In young children, the illness causes swollen salivary glands. Can cause
sterility in adult males.
Rubella: An innocent illness in young children, it can cause birth defects if a mother gets the disease while pregnant.
Hemophilus Influenza Type B: Causes meningitis, pneumonia, and life-threatening throat infections. Not to be confused with influenza or the flu.
Hepatitis A is a virus that can cause abdominal pain, dehydration, vomiting, diarrhea, and jaundice. Rarely can it lead to more serious liver disease especially in the elderly.
Hepatitis B is a serious disease. It is not to be confused with Hepatitis A which is a more innocent form of hepatitis. Hepatitis B is caused by a particular virus which is transmitted to a person by infected blood products or bodily fluids, by sexual contact with an infected partner, and by infected mothers to their newborns. The American Academy of Pediatrics has made the recommendation to immunize all infants, and to do catch-up immunizations of all older children, especially adolescents, in the hope that this disease will not pose the risk that it does now.
Human Papillomavirus is a genital virus that causes cervical cancer and genital
warts. There is no effective treatment for the virus once it is contracted. However,
the HPV can prevent most genital warts and most cases of cervical cancer. The
vaccine is recommended for all adolescents beginning at age eleven through 26 and must be given before the onset of sexual activity.
This bacterium causes a variety of respiratory infections and ear infections. It also causes meningitis and other serious infections. Children under 2 are most susceptible.
Rotavirus is a virus that causes severe diarrhea, mostly in babies and young
children. It is often accompanied by vomiting and fever. Rotavirus vaccine is an oral vaccine; it is not given by injection. This is not the same vaccine that was given in the late 1990's and is not associated with intussusception, an unusual type of bowel obstruction.
This bacterium can cause a serious form of meningitis. College freshmen living in dormitories are at high risk for getting this infection. This vaccine is currently recommended 11 years of age or as soon as possible thereafter.
This is the name of the virus that causes chicken pox. It greatly reduces a child's risk of contracting the disease and its complications.
Influenza is the name of the virus family that causes "the flu." The vaccine only gives protection against specific influenza viruses. The flu vaccine is now recommended for children ages 6 months and older. The novel influenza A strain, commonly referred to as "H1N1" also causes similar "flu" symptoms. Currently, all flu vaccine preparations will protect against both seasonal and H1N1 influenza.
If you are planning to travel abroad, notify our office at least two months prior to
your departure. Travel to some countries puts visitors at risk for serious infections, and these risks will be lessened by appropriate and timely vaccinations or medicines.