Put immunizations on your family’s back to school checklist! Yes, we know there are many chores that involve sending kids back to school. Searching for the right books, binders, pens, and buying new clothes and new shoes all happen at once. It makes for a few busy weeks, however don’t overlook necessary immunizations.
Why Is There A Specific Schedule?
Immunizations are given at specific times when doctors know a child’s body can develop an appropriate antibody response. It is also important that their antibody response lasts.
Don’t wait to have them vaccinated if they’re eligible. Waiting can make them more vulnerable for that period of time. Have them vaccinated as young as possible so their body is equipped to respond and get protection without the risk.
Getting shots at the right time will give the antibodies the ability to fight future infections.
What Vaccines Are Needed?
It sounds like a lot, but your child should receive up to 10 different vaccines by 15 months. The Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all healthy babies get these initial shots. They may receive additional doses and other vaccines between 15 months and 16 years.
- Measles, mumps, and rubella shots are given at 12 months with a second dose prior to elementary school.
- Other important vaccines include Hepatitis B, RV diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, flu, pneumonia, polio, chickenpox, and Hepatitis A.
- Later in life doses of human papillomavirus (HPV) and meningitis are administered at age 15 or older.
You may be surprised to know that the CDC does NOT set immunization requirements for school or daycare facilities. Each state has their own requirements. Talk with PediatriCare of Northern Virginia about what is required for your child entering each grade.
You can also get that information from your State Health Department.
Common Questions About Immunizations Asked By Parents
Is it more natural for a child to get the disease than a vaccination?
Some diseases do give a child future protection from that disease, but it can also make them seriously ill, and they could spread the disease to others. Vaccinations protect your child against future infections without making them sick.
Is it safe to have more than one shot at a time?
Yes, getting multiple vaccinations at the same time is safe. It also means fewer doctor visits and therefore, less stress for your child.
Add To Your Checklist
It is important to keep a running record of your child’s immunizations.