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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.
- Hepatitis A & B
- DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough)
- Hib (meningitis, epiglottitis, and pneumonia)
- Meningococcal (for bacterial meningitis)
- MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella)
- Pneumococcal (pneumonia, ear infections, and meningitis)
- Varicella (chickenpox)
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.
You might brush off the early signs of whooping cough because they look an awful lot like the common cold. Older children and teens may develop congestion, mild fever, cough, or runny nose; however, within the first 1-2 weeks you will notice that the cough gets worse. In fact, your child may develop severe and sudden coughing fits.
Children and newborns are more likely to display severe symptoms. They may not have a whoop in their cough, but they may vomit or show severe fatigue after coughing. While anyone can develop whooping cough, infants are at particular risk for serious and life-threatening complications so it’s important to have your family vaccinated.
While newborns are too young to be vaccinated against whooping cough, you should make sure that the rest of your family is fully vaccinated. The DTaP vaccine will protect against whooping cough and will be administered at 2, 4, and 6 months old, again at 15 to 18 months, and again at 6 years for a total of five doses.
If you suspect that your child might have whooping cough, you must call your pediatrician right away. Children under 18 months old may require hospitalization so doctors can continuously monitor them, as children are more likely to stop breathing with whooping cough. Of course, coming in during the early stages of the infection is important as antibiotics are more effective at the very start of the illness.
- Resting as much as possible
- Staying hydrated
- Sticking to smaller meals to safeguard against cough-induced vomiting
- Making sure your family is up to date on their vaccinations
Get all of your questions about childhood vaccines answered.
We know that there is a lot of information and misinformation out there when it comes to vaccinating your child. Isn’t it time to find out the truth about this important preventive health measure? Read below to have your questions answered, and turn to our Maricopa, AZ, pediatrician, Dr. Anthony DiGeorge, for treatment!
Q. Are vaccines safe?
A. Yes, the Food and Drug Administration review all vaccines to ensure that they are safe. Not keeping your child up-to-date on their vaccines could lead to outbreaks of diseases that are serious but completely preventable with the proper vaccine schedule in place. The benefits of getting your child vaccinated far outweigh the risks, as vaccines can save lives.
Q. What are the side effects associated with vaccines?
A. Most side effects from childhood vaccines include minor effects such as soreness or redness at the injection site, or a low-grade fever. These side effects usually won’t last more than a couple of days and aren’t anything to worry about. Although it is rare for a vaccine to cause a serious reaction, if your child does experience a reaction after being vaccinated, call our pediatrician’s office.
Q. How often should my child get vaccinated?
A. It isn’t always easy to keep track of how often your child should come in for vaccines, which is why the CDC has made it simpler for parents to remember with this immunization schedule for both infants and children up to 18 years old. If you have questions about this schedule don’t hesitate to ask our pediatrician, Dr. DiGeorge.
Q. Why do some vaccines require multiple doses?
A. Continuing to bring your child into the office when they need their next vaccine dose is important to providing their bodies with the best defenses and protection against illnesses. After all, many vaccines require more than one dose in order to fully build up your child’s immunity.
Q. When should my child get their first vaccine?
A. It’s important to start vaccinating your little one right away before they come in contact with any of these serious diseases, particularly because they can be fatal or life-threatening to infants and little ones whose immune systems are still developing.
Your child will receive their first vaccine most likely in the hospital, or within 24 hours of their birth. From there, you will visit your Maricopa, AZ, children’s doctors for the next vaccination about 1-2 months after receiving their first one.
Give Us a Call!
Do you still have questions about getting your child vaccinated in Maricopa, AZ? If so, don’t hesitate to call Southwestern Pediatrics today at (520) 568-9500. We are happy to schedule appointments and answer any questions you might have about your child’s health.