Vaccinations: Make Sure Your Children Are Protected
With school starting, it’s time to think about
immunizations for your children. For the most
protection, children need to get the right
shots on schedule. Babies need a number of
shots from the time they are born until they
are two years old. Older children and
teenagers also need shots.
The following vaccinations are
- Rotavirus vaccine protects against diarrhea that can cause serious symptoms in infants and toddlers.
- MMR protects against measles, mumps, and rubella (German measles).
- Polio protects against the polio virus.
- DTaP or DTP protects against diphtheria, tetanus (lockjaw), and pertussis (whooping cough).
- Hib protects against spinal meningitis, pneumonia, joint or bone infections, and throat inflammations.
- Hepatitis B vaccine protects against a virus that may cause liver disease.
- PCV protects against pneumococcal diseases, such as meningitis and pneumonia.
- Meningococcal vaccine protects against a condition that can cause inflammation and swelling around the spinal cord and brain.
- Hepatitis A vaccine protects against a virus that can cause liver infection.
- HPV protects against a virus that can cause cervical cancer and genital warts.
- Varicella vaccine prevents chicken pox.
- The influenza vaccine protects against flu.
Talk with your child’s doctor as some of these
immunizations may need to be administered
more than once.
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