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By Children's Mercy - Pediatric Care North
May 28, 2021
Category: Child Safety
Immunization ScheduleWe understand that bringing your child in for a shot certainly isn’t fun for anyone, but keeping your child updated on vaccines is one of the most effective ways to protect them against serious and potentially life-threatening diseases. As soon as your child is born, they will begin to get a series of vaccines, which they will continue to get until they reach adulthood. Here’s everything you need to know about getting your child immunizations, including when to have them vaccinated and which vaccinations they will need at what age.
 
Getting Your Child Immunized

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.
 
Throughout your child’s first 18 years of life, they will receive a series of vaccinations including:
  • Hepatitis A & B
  • DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough)
  • Hib (meningitis, epiglottitis, and pneumonia)
  • Meningococcal (for bacterial meningitis)
  • Polio
  • MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella)
  • Pneumococcal (pneumonia, ear infections, and meningitis)
  • Varicella (chickenpox)
Your child may also want to get the influenza virus once a year to protect themselves and their family members from the flu.
 
The Safety and Efficacy of Childhood Immunizations

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.
 
Do you have questions about your child’s upcoming vaccine? Need to schedule your child’s next wellness visit? Keeping your little ones fully vaccinated is one of the best ways to protect them and keep them safe and healthy. A pediatrician can provide you with valuable information and insight into childhood vaccines.
By Children's Mercy - Pediatric Care North
April 23, 2020
Category: Child Healthcare

Find out why you shouldn’t delay getting your child the appropriate vaccines.

Once your baby is born, they will begin to receive a series of immunizations. These immunizations are ones that our Kansas City, MO, pediatricians will continue to administer to your child throughout their early childhood. These vaccines bolster your child’s immune system and protect them from serious and possibly life-threatening diseases.

Here’s why you should keep up with your child’s immunization schedule so they don’t fall behind:

It Protects Your Child from Disease

Vaccines safeguard your child from developing potentially dangerous diseases. Babies, in particular, are at risk for developing more serious complications due to certain communicable diseases. By staying up to date on your child’s vaccines, you can prevent these complications and help keep them healthy.

It Protects Others

Children who aren’t following the proper immunization schedules aren’t just at risk for getting sick; they also put others at risk, too. Newborns, as well as children and adults with compromised immune systems (e.g. those undergoing chemotherapy), are more at risk for developing serious complications related to these diseases. By vaccinating your child, you protect your little one, as well as your family and the community.

Try these Helpful Vaccine Tracker Apps!

While the CDC’s immunization schedule is handy, it’s easy to lose that piece of paper; however, there are different apps that you can download that can help you keep track of the vaccines your child has received (and still needs to get).

This will be particularly helpful if you’ve recently switched pediatricians here in Kansas City, MO. Now, you can keep track of your child’s immunization history and show us at their next visit. Helpful vaccine tracker apps include,

“Vaccines on the Go” by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Child Health Tracker by the American Academy of Pediatrics

CDC Vaccine Schedule App

Shots Immunizations App by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
 

If it’s time for your child’s next round of vaccines, then schedule an appointment with the pediatricians here at Pediatric Care North in Kansas City, MO. Call us at (816) 587-3200.