We know how important your children’s health and wellness are to you. One way to help your children be their healthiest is to have them vaccinated. Vaccines help the body develop immunization against certain diseases. Pediatricians follow the immunization schedule developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and can help you keep your children on schedule with their vaccinations. The doctors at Town and Country Pediatrics are your Mill Valley and San Francisco, CA, pediatricians for children’s vaccinations.
Types of Vaccines
The immunization schedule of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends several vaccines be administered at regular intervals beginning at birth and continuing until children are school age. Your Mill Valley and San Francisco pediatrician can provide you with a schedule of the specific ages when your child should have certain vaccines or follow-up doses. The childhood immunization schedule includes the following vaccines:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Haemophilus Influenza type b
- Diphtheria, Tetanus & Pertussis (DTaP)
- Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR)
- Inactivated Polio virus
- Pneumococcal Conjugate
- Varicella (chickenpox)
- Rotavirus (RV)
Additional vaccines are available for children at different ages, but are generally not required for school attendance as many of the other vaccines are. Your Mill Valley and San Francisco pediatrician can discuss these vaccines with you so you can decide if you would like your children to have them. Other available vaccines for children include:
- Influenza (Flu)
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV0
Many vaccinations are administered in multiple doses over the course of several months. Some vaccinations immunize against a combination of diseases, which means your children only need one shot for each dose of the vaccine. The immunization schedule developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlines the number of doses, as well as the dosing intervals, for all available vaccines. Children who receive their vaccines according to the immunization schedule finish the majority of the recommended vaccinations by the time they start school.
It is important to follow the recommended immunization schedule for your children. Doing so will protect them against a variety of serious diseases. Your pediatrician’s office can help your children stay on schedule with their vaccinations. To schedule an appointment with a pediatrician at Town and Country Pediatrics, call (415) 666-1860 for the San Francisco office, or (415) 383-0918 for the Mill Valley location.