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Immunization

We follow the immunization schedule as set by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).  This schedule is updated yearly and regularly incorporates new vaccines and revised recommendations.  The vaccines given protect against the following illnesses:

  • Hepatitis B
  • DTaP--Diptheria (bacterial throat infection), Tetanus (lockjaw), Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Hib--Hemophilus Influenzae type B, a bacterial cause of invasive blood infections and meningitis
  • IPV--Polio
  • Prevnar--Pneumococcus, a bacterial cause of invasive blood infections and meningitis.  This vaccine protects against the thirteen types of pneumococcus that are responsible for 98% of pneumococcal blood infections and meningitis.
  • Varicella--chicken pox
  • MMR--Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
  • Meningococcus
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Rotateq – Rotavirus is a virus which causes diarrhea and can lead to dehydration.
  • Hepatitis A

We also carry the influenza vaccine in the fall.  The ACIP and AAP recommend that all children 6 months and older receive the influenza vaccine.

While all vaccines are extremely safe and have been extensively tested, there are potential minor side effects for all of them.  The most common side effects are a low grade fever and irritability.  For more information, refer to the vaccine handouts given in the office or to the web sites listed at the end of this page.

For the exact schedule of immunizations, refer to the well child visit schedule shown under the "About our practice" section of this web site.


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