Child Immunizations & Vaccines
Immunizations have been one of the single greatest advances in preventative medicine and an essential part of well-child care. Our practice follows the immunization guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
For information about these vaccines, the diseases they protect against, immunization schedules, vaccine safety and other important information please visit the AAP™ immunization page.
Why Are Immunizations Important?
Immunizations are vaccines that help a child's immune system fight certain diseases and viruses. Due to their young immune systems, children of a certain age (up to about age 12) are more vulnerable to viruses and medical concerns compared to adults. Children are also more prone to being exposed to these viruses because they go to school with so many other young people who don't always have the best hygiene habits. Schools often request records of immunizations to ensure the safety of their young students. Vaccines are also a cost-effective way for parents to manage their children’s health care—they help families avoid the cost of expensive future procedures and hospital visits.
Types of Immunizations
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes a schedule of recommended immunizations for children up to the age of 18. Here are some of the most common vaccines administered by your pediatrician:
- influenza (Flu)
- measles (MMR)
- meningitis (MenACWY/MenB)
- hepatitis B (HepB)
- rotavirus (RV)
- tetanus (DTaP)
- human papillomavirus (HPV for children ages nine and older)
How Often Are Vaccinations Suggested?
The CDC recommends that children receive their first vaccine at birth (hepatitis B).Afterthat you’ll be asked to bring your child in at regular intervals up to age 18 for various vaccines. Generally, expect to visit the doctor every one to two months until the child is six months old. After that, certain shots, like the influenza vaccine, are recommended yearly. Your pediatrician will provide you will a detailed schedule to follow.
Help prevent illness and diseases with child immunization & vaccines. Call Downers Grove Pediatrics in Bolingbrook, IL
at (630) 759-9230 to schedule an appointment!