A Parent’s Guide
Learn how you can be sure your child is protected
Vaccinating children is one of the most important things we do as pediatricians, helping to make sure each generation is healthier than ever before. Polio, pertussis (whooping cough), haemophilus influenza meningitis, pnuemoccocal meningitis, measles, mumps, and chicken pox are just a few of the very serious or deadly diseases once common, that we now almost never see because of protection from vaccines.
We feel strongly about the importance of vaccines and want you to have as much information as needed for you to feel comfortable about vaccinating your child.
Our vaccine policy describes our practice philosophy in more detail.
Here are some additional web sites that offer accurate medical information about immunizations:
- CDC parent immunization – Center for Disease Control information updates
- What would happen if we stopped vaccinating?
- American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) information for parents.
- National Immun. Info Network Great list of vaccines and the diseases they prevent
- Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hosp. of Philadelphia
- Clear Answers about Shots by Dr. Ari Brown discusses facts about autism and vaccines
Our typical vaccine schedule is outlined below. A more detailed version tailored to our practice is also available. There are occasional adjustments due to shortages and availability. We also recommend an annual flu vaccine for children over 6 months and for parents of young children.
|2 month||DTAP||IPV||HIB||Hep B||Prevnar||Rotavirus|
|4 month||DTAP||IPV||HIB||Hep B||Prevnar||Rotavirus|
|9 month||IPV||Hep B|
|12 month||HIB||Hep A||Prevnar|
|18 month||DTAP||Hep A|
|2 years||Hep A|
|12 and older||Catch Up||Flu (yearly)||Menactra at 16|