Is Your Child On Schedule with Their Immunizations in Granger, IN?
If you have a young child, the chances are good that you are going to hear about immunizations from your child’s doctor and school. They are considered a crucial step in ensuring your child’s long-term health and well-being. Learn more about immunization schedules and visit a pediatrician at Premier Pediatrics in Granger, IN to find out if your child is on schedule.
Doctors recommend that children receive specific immunizations at certain ages and stages of life. The first immunization is commonly given in the hospital where the child is born. Here is a list of some of the most common vaccinations:
- Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
- Measles mumps and rubella (MMR)
- Meningococcal (meningitis vaccines)
- Tetanus shot
- Whooping cough
- Chicken pox
- Pneumococcal (prevents pneumonias, blood infections, and meningitis)
- HiB (prevents pneumonias, blood infections, and meningitis)
Why Are Immunizations Recommended?
Immunizations help a child's immune system fight threats in their environment. The shots, administered by your West Chester and Cincinnati pediatrician, strengthen immune cells and help them “train for battle” against diseases. Bacteria and viruses are on numerous surfaces, in the air, and can be passed from person to person. Since young kids must go to school with a lot of other children and adults in close quarters they are at a higher risk of contracting diseases or infections. Immunizations are a protection for everyone who must live, work and go to school with others.
The official immunization schedule, published by the CDC and updated yearly, is available at the American Academy of Pediatrics website. Generally, by the age of six, children should have had the majority of recommended vaccines. Up to age 18, the flu shot, meningococcal, tetanus and HPV vaccine are recommended at certain intervals. There is a “catch up schedule” that your pediatrician can discuss with you for children who are over a month behind the normal schedule.
Getting Up to Date
If you find that your child is not on schedule with immunizations, call Premier Pediatrics in Granger, IN by calling (574) 855-4575 today.
For detailed informational sheets published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) please visit https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/index.html
Our practice believes that all children should receive the recommended vaccines according to the guidelines provided by the AAP and the CDC. Vaccines are safe and effective in preventing diseases and health complications in children and young adults. Regular vaccinations help children ward off infections, and are administered as one of the safest and best methods of disease prevention.
We are happy to discuss your concerns about vaccines at your child's next visit.
Recommended Immunization Schedule
- 0-6 Years - Schedule for Persons Aged 0 Through 6 Years | 2011
- 7-18 Years - Schedule for Persons Aged 7 Through 18 Years | 2011
- Catch-up Schedule - Schedule for Persons Aged 4 Months Through 18 Years Who Start Late or Who Are More Than 1 Month Behind | 2011
Vaccine Safety: The Facts Safety facts on vaccines from the AAP