What your pediatrician in Maricopa, Arizona wants you to know
Taking care of your child’s health doesn’t have to be complicated, and your pediatricians can help make things easier. One of the most important tools in protecting your child’s health is immunizations. It is critical to keep your child up-to-date. In order to do that, you need to know what an immunization schedule should look like.
Your pediatrician Dr. Anthony DiGeorge at Southwestern Pediatrics in Maricopa, Arizona wants to share the facts about current recommendations for immunizations and why they are important.
The Centers for Disease Control, the CDC, recommends these immunizations from birth through age 18:
- (Hep B) Hepatitis B
- (Dtap) Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis
- (Hib) Haemophilus influenza type B
- (IPV) Polio
- (PCV13) Pneumococcal conjugate
- (RV) Rotavirus
- (MMR) Measles, mumps, rubella
- (Varicella) Chickenpox
- (HepA) Hepatitis A
- (HPV) Human papillomavirus
- (MCV4) Meningococcal conjugate
- (Influenza) Flu
The CDC also publishes a handy list you can view or print out by clicking on the link below:
Parents often wonder why immunizations are so important. The truth is they are the most valuable tool to prevent infectious and serious diseases like the flu, meningitis, hepatitis and many other conditions. Thanks to effective vaccines, several very serious diseases including polio and measles have almost been wiped out.
Immunizations are required for your child to enter daycare and school. When you immunize your child, you are also protecting yourself and members of your household, other children, teachers, and others your child comes into contact with.
Parents also wonder if vaccines are safe. There is a lot of conflicting information out there about immunizations. The truth is vaccines are rigorously tested for both safety and effectiveness before they are made available to the public.
To learn more about vaccines and other pediatric medicine topics, call the pediatrician Dr. Anthony DiGeorge at Southwestern Pediatrics in Maricopa, Arizona. He can help your child stay healthy, so call today!