Vaccinations are one of the most important steps to ensure that your child will be healthy for his or her entire life. Although there have been some concerns in the news about possible side effects or outcomes, giving your child the pediatrician recommended vaccines will help their immune systems develop and protect their bodies from infection.
In this blog post, we will outline the suggested immunization schedule for your child. However, before you do anything, you should discuss this proposed schedule with your child’s primary care physician. You should also note that this schedule depends upon where you live, any health issues that your child has, and the types of vaccines available to you.
Birth – 2 Months
- HBV: Protects against Hepatitis B.
2 Months – 6 Months
- DTaP: protects about Diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis (whooping cough).
- Hib: protects against Haemophilus influenza type B, which can lead to meningitis, pneumonia, and epiglottitis.
- IPV: protects against polio.
- PCV: protects against pneumococcal disease, which can lead to meningitis, pneumonia, and ear infections.
- Rotavirus: protects against the rotavirus, which can cause severe diarrhea, vomiting, fever, and dehydration. This vaccine is given orally, instead of as an injection.
- Influenza: protects against the seasonal flu and H1N1 (swine flu).
- MMR: protects against measles, mumps, and rubella (German measles).
- Varicella (Chickenpox) – this vaccine (unsurprisingly) protects against the chickenpox.
- HAV: protects against Hepatitis A.
- HPV: protects against the human papillomavirus and is recommended for both girls and boys to prevent genital warts and cervical, anal, and throat cancer.
- Meningococcal: protects against meningococcal disease, the leading cause of bacterial meningitis for people in the United States. This vaccine is also required for college students living in dormitories, and can be administered around college age.
For more information about childhood vaccines, please contact KinderMender at (443) 492-4000 (Columbia) or (443) 599-4040 (Laurel).