Why Choose Immunizations for Children?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is recommended that your child (age 6 months and older) gets a yearly flu shot. Ideally, a kid’s flu shot should be given as soon as the vaccine is available each year.
When it comes to a flu shot for your child, it is important to consider how many doses of the vaccine is needed for your child. Let’s take a look:
- 2 Doses – If your child has never had a flu shot before, and he or she is under the age of 9, then two doses may be needed. Each dose will be given at least four weeks apart, which means it is important to begin the process as early as possible.
- 1 Dose – If your child has received the flu shot before, or your child is older than 9, one dose will be enough. However, timing is still just as important, as it takes up to two weeks after the vaccination for your child to be fully protected from the flu—begin as soon as the flu shot is available. As always, the earlier your child gets a flu shot each season, the better.
If you have any questions about flu shots or wonder which type of flu vaccine is best for your child, contact our office today. Also, please check with our office if your child:
- Isn’t feeling well
- Recently had other vaccines
- Has any medical conditions
- Is allergic to eggs
- Had a severe reaction to a previous flu vaccine
Keep in mind that yearly flu shots are also recommended for adults—especially those with close contact with young children. Contact our office today to learn more about kids flu shots and how you can protect your child and your family.
One health matter that parents of young school-aged children should be concerned with is keeping up with immunization schedules. Due to their young immune systems, children of a certain age (up to about age 12) are more vulnerable to viruses and medical concerns compared to adults. If you’re the parent of a young child, find out everything you need to know about immunizations for children to ensure that your child is protected. Child Getting Immunization Shots
Why Are Immunizations Important?
Immunizations are vaccines that help a child's immune system fight certain diseases and viruses. Children are more prone to being exposed to these viruses because they go to school with so many other young people who don't always have the best hygiene habits. Schools often request records of immunizations to ensure the safety of their young students. Vaccines are also a cost-effective way for parents to manage their children’s health care—they help families avoid the cost of expensive future procedures and hospital visits.
Types of Immunizations
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes a schedule of recommended immunizations for children up to the age of 18. Here are some of the most common vaccines administered by your pediatrician:
- influenza (Flu)
- measles (MMR)
- meningitis (MenACWY/MenB)
- hepatitis B (HepB)
- rotavirus (RV)
- tetanus (DTaP)
- human papillomavirus (HPV for children ages nine and older)
How Often Are Vaccinations Suggested?
The CDC recommends that children receive their first vaccine at birth (hepatitis B). After that you’ll be asked to bring your child in at regular intervals up to age 18 for various vaccines. Generally, expect to visit the doctor every one to two months until the child is six months old. After that, certain shots, like the influenza vaccine, are recommended yearly. Your pediatrician will provide you will a detailed schedule to follow.