Do You Know Your Child's Vaccination Schedule?
Your child's vaccinations are an important part of their life, their health, and their medical record. Every country has a specific set of vaccination requirements that are a part of that country's efforts to put the health of the people into an enforceable legal framework. It is as a result of these efforts that disease such as the measles or the mumps have gone from being childhood scourges to being virtually unheard of in the United States.
Many people are not even really aware of what their vaccines are protecting them from. Still, as a responsible parent, it is your job to know you child's vaccination schedule and whether or not they have had their shots and are in compliance.
The U.S. Vaccination Schedule:
This schedule is subject to updates and changes every year, so you should make sure that you check with your doctor or the CDC in order to get the most recent available information.
* Hepatitis B-This vaccine is performed in a series of three shots. The first at birth, the second within the first two months, and the third between six and eighteen months.
* Rotavirus-This vaccine is perfomed in two shots given in the first two to six months.
* Diptheria, Pertussis, Tetanus-This series of vaccines is performed in five doses between the first two months and the first fifteen years. Tetanus boosters are needed every ten years.
* Haemophilus influenza type b-This vaccine is offered after the age of six weeks.
* Pneumococcal-This is a series of four shots given at two, four, six, and twelve to fourteen months.
* Polio vaccine (inactivated)-This is a series of three shots and a booster shot given at one to two months, four months, between six and eighteen months and finally at four to six years old.
* Measles, Mumps, Rubella-This vaccine is given once at one year of age and then again before children enter school.
* Varicella-This shot is given in two doses, once at twelve to fifteen months and again at four to six years.
* Hepatitis A-Two doses of the vaccine are recommended between twelve and twenty three months.
* Meningococcus-This vaccine is given at eleven to twelves years.
* Human papillomavirus vaccine-This vaccine requires three doses between eleven and twelve years and nineteen and twenty six years.
* Influenza-This vaccine is recommended yearly for children between six months and twenty six years of age and for adults over fifty.
Knowing the required vaccinations will help you determine whether your child is on track when it comes to their medical protections. This is important information to have as the school year begins again and cold and flu season begin knocking at your door. Take the time to look over your child's medical records and make sure that they are up to date. Now is a good time to plan a visit to the doctor's office for any last minute check ups or shots. Remember that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
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