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National Infant Immunizations Week

National Infant Immunizations Week is April 25 - May 2, 2009.

Immunization is one of the most important things you can do to protect your child's health.

It is recommended all children by 2 years of age be fully vaccinated to protect them from preventable diseases. Infants need to be vaccinated because they are more likely to develop complications or die from vaccine-preventable diseases.

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For details, see the flyers for immunizations and well child visits.
You can protect your children from 14 serious diseases, such as:

  • Bacterial Meningitis
  • Diphtheria
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Influenza
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
  • Pneumococcal disease
  • Polio
  • Rubella (German Measles)
  • Tetanus (Lockjaw)
  • Rotavirus
  • Varicella (Chickenpox)

At least one vaccine is needed for each of these diseases, and for some several doses are required for the best protection. Several "combination vaccines" exist in which multiple vaccines are given in a single shot, reducing the number of shots needed. Failure to vaccinate may mean putting children at risk for serious diseases.

It is important that you follow the recommended childhood immunization and well child visit schedule as indicated below:

Schedule a Well Child Visit at...
Birth
  • Newborn blood screen
  • Hep B
3-5 days
  • Well baby visit
7-14 days
  • Well baby visit
  • Newborn blood screen
2 months
  • Well baby visit
  • DTaP
  • Hep B
  • IPV
  • Hib
  • PCV7
  • Rotavirus (given by mouth)
4 months
  • Well baby visit
  • DTaP
  • Hib
  • IPV
  • PCV7
  • Rotavirus (given by mouth)
6 months
  • Well baby visit
  • DTaP
  • Hep B
  • IPV
  • Hib (if needed)
  • PCV7
  • Rotavirus (given by mouth)
9-11 months
  • Well baby visit
12 months
  • Well baby visit
  • MMR
  • Hep A
  • Varicella
15 months
  • Well baby visit
  • DTaP
  • Hib
  • PCV7
Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule...
DTaP:
  • Diptheria
  • Tetanus
  • acellular-Pertussis
4 vaccinations before 2 years of age
IPV:
  • Polio
3 vaccinations before 2 years of age
MMR:
  • Mumps
  • Measles
  • Rubella
1 vaccination before 2 years of age
Hib:
  • Haemophilus
  • Influenza
  • type B
2 vaccinations before 2 years of age
Hep B:
  • Hepatitis B
3 vaccinations before 2 years of age
VZV:
  • Varicella
1 vaccination before 2 years of age
PCV7:
  • Pneumococcal Conjugate
4 vaccinations before 2 years of age
Rotavirus 3 vaccinations before 6 months of age
Hep A:
  • Hepatitis A
2 vaccinations before 2 years of age

As uneasy as getting vaccinated may make both you and your child, remember that immunizations are one of the best means of protection against contagious diseases, so contact your child's Primary Care Physician today to schedule an appointment for your child's immunization and well child visits.

For more information about "National Infant Immunization Week", visit the Center for Disease Control's Web site.

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