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By Downers Grove Pediatrics
May 27, 2021
Category: Child Safety
Immunization ScheduleWe understand that bringing your child in for a shot certainly isn’t fun for anyone, but keeping your child updated on vaccines is one of the most effective ways to protect them against serious and potentially life-threatening diseases. As soon as your child is born, they will begin to get a series of vaccines, which they will continue to get until they reach adulthood. Here’s everything you need to know about getting your child immunizations, including when to have them vaccinated and which vaccinations they will need at what age.
Getting Your Child Immunized

The CDC is your go-to for all accurate and updated information regarding childhood vaccines. They offer a variety of charts for kids 18 years old and younger that can easily help you determine what vaccines your child needs to get and at what age. Of course, your pediatrician also knows exactly what vaccines your kids need when they visit the office, so these charts are just for you to stay in the know. Of course, if you have any questions about upcoming vaccines for your child, don’t hesitate to talk with their pediatrician.
Throughout your child’s first 18 years of life, they will receive a series of vaccinations including:
  • Hepatitis A & B
  • DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough)
  • Hib (meningitis, epiglottitis, and pneumonia)
  • Meningococcal (for bacterial meningitis)
  • Polio
  • MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella)
  • Pneumococcal (pneumonia, ear infections, and meningitis)
  • Varicella (chickenpox)
Your child may also want to get the influenza virus once a year to protect themselves and their family members from the flu.
The Safety and Efficacy of Childhood Immunizations

We understand that some parents may be on the fence about vaccines. In fact, this is a common concern that pediatricians hear, and it’s best to talk with your child’s doctor who is well-informed about childhood immunizations. There is a lot of misinformation out there and it can lead parents to avoid certain vaccines that could put their child at risk for more serious health problems. While some immunizations can cause minor side effects these are so minor compared to the repercussions of not having your child vaccinated.
Do you have questions about your child’s upcoming vaccine? Need to schedule your child’s next wellness visit? Keeping your little ones fully vaccinated is one of the best ways to protect them and keep them safe and healthy. A pediatrician can provide you with valuable information and insight into childhood vaccines.
By Downers Grove Pediatrics
April 21, 2021
Category: Child Safety

Immunizations save lives and protect the whole community by eradicating diseases. At Downers Grove Pediatrics in Downers Grove, and Bolingbrook, IL, pediatricians have a total of more than 40 years of experience and can help answer questions regarding immunizations and immunization schedules.

What are immunizations

The terms immunization, vaccination, and inoculation are often used interchangeably but actually have different meanings.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) definition:

  • Vaccines stimulate the body’s immune system to protect against disease.
  • Immunization is the process where a person is made immune to a disease.
  • Inoculation is when doctors induce patients with a vaccine.

What is a vaccine?

A vaccine usually contains an agent (disease-causing microorganism) made from a weakened or dead microbe, its toxins, or one of its surface proteins. The agent provokes your body's immune system. This enables it to recognize the agent as a threat, destroy it, and prevent further disease by that agent or any agent similar to it.

Immunization schedule

Immunizations are an essential part of well-child care. Children younger than 12 are more vulnerable to viruses and medical concerns compared to adults, and more exposed to these viruses because they go to school.

Vaccines are a cost-effective way to manage children’s health care. With the help of their Downers Grove, and Bolingbrook, IL, pediatricians, you can dodge the expensive future procedures and hospital visits.

The current immunization schedule is recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAPexternal icon), and American Academy of Family Physicians.

Note that if your child misses a shot, you don’t need to start over.

Do you need to speak with a pediatrician?

For more information about your child's immunization schedule, don't hesitate to contact Downers Grove Pediatrics in Downers Grove, IL, at (630) 852-4551, or in Bolingbrook, IL, at (630) 759-9230.

By Downers Grove Pediatrics
May 08, 2020
Category: Child Safety
Tags: Immunization  

Why Are Immunizations Important?

Immunizations help to protect your child from serious infectious diseases. Not only that, but they also help to minimize the spread of disease throughout the broader community. The team of pediatric specialists at Downers Grove Pediatrics, based in Downers Grove and Bolingbrook, IL, can advise you on the right times to get immunizations for your children.

What Disease do Immunizations Protect Against?

Vaccinations protect your child from a wide range of diseases that could cause serious ongoing conditions such as deafness and brain damage. In the United States, we have high community immunization rates, which means that many of these diseases are uncommon. However, they do still exist so, it’s very important to get your child immunized. Vaccinations protect your child from the following diseases:

  • Measles
  • Rubella (German measles)
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Varicella (chickenpox)
  • Mumps
  • Tetanus
  • Pneumococcal disease
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Human papillomavirus
  • Polio
  • Diphtheria
  • Rotavirus

Bolingbrook and Downers Grove residents know they can count on Downers Grove Pediatrics for all their pediatric immunization needs.

When Does My Child Need Vaccines?

Some immunization shots are given earlier than others. For example, the first hepatitis B vaccine is typically given to your child within 24 hours of birth. The second dose will be given when your child is 1-2 months old. Many of the other vaccines, such as pertussis, diphtheria, tetanus, and rotavirus will be given within the first 6 months. Your child may have their first flu vaccine at 6 months and older. Some of the vaccines, such as tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis will require a booster shot. The ages range may vary depending on where you live and the general health of your child.

You can contact the pediatric team at Bolingbrook on 630-759-9230, and at Downers Grove, IL on 630-852-4551. The team will be happy to answer all your questions about immunizations for your child.


By Downers Grove Pediatrics
November 29, 2017
Category: Pediatric Health

Learn more about important immunizations and when your child needs them.vaccines, immunizations

While no one likes getting needles they are an important part of keeping your child or teenager healthy. There are so many life-threatening and serious conditions that could affect your child’s health if they don’t get the proper vaccinations. Fortunately, seeing your Bolingbrook, IL pediatrician regularly will ensure that your child is up to date on all of their vaccinations. Here is the vaccination schedule you should follow.


After your baby is born they will usually come in for their first visit within the first 24 hours after being discharged from the hospital. During this time they should receive the first dose of the Hepatitis B vaccine.

1-2 months old

At this point your child should receive the second round of their Hepatitis B vaccine.

2 and 4 months old

Two and four months are important ages for your little one because they will require several difference vaccines including:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTap)
  • H. influenza type b (Hib)
  • Polio (IPV)
  • Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV)
  • Rotavirus (RV)

6 months old

This is about the time that your child will get the third dose of DTap, Hib, PCV and RV. You should also consider getting your child vaccinated every year for the flu.

6-18 months

During this time your child will get the last dose of the Hepatitis b vaccine, as well as the second half of the polio vaccine.

12-15 months old

Now is the time to get your child vaccinated for the chickenpox. They will also get the final round of the Hib vaccine, as well as measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and the third round of the PCV vaccine.

12-23 months

During this period your little one will receive the Hepatitis A vaccine. This vaccine comes in two parts, which will be given about 6 months apart or more from each other.

15-18 months

The only vaccine your child will need during this time is DTap.

4-6 years

This is another important stretch for your child as they will need to get the DTap, MMR, IPV and varicella vaccines during this period of time.

11-12 years

Beside the DTaP and meningococcal vaccinations, it’s also a good idea to talk to your child’s Bolingbrook, IL doctor about whether they should be vaccinated for HPV. This vaccine can protect teenage boys and girls from genital warts and certain forms of cancer.

16-18 years

Your teen will need to get the meningococcal B vaccine (which comes in either two or three doses). This immunization isn’t always necessary so your pediatrician will tell you whether your child should get it.

Do you have questions about your child’s vaccinations? Do you need to schedule your child or teen’s next doctor’s appointment? Turn to a Bolingbrook, IL pediatrician you can trust to get the best care possible time and time again. Vaccines are a surefire way to keep your children healthy as they continue to grow.