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Cereal City Pediatrics Immunizations


We recognize that immunizations, like all medical care, are a personal choice, and we will discuss both the risks and benefits with you. We support and recommend the guidelines that are agreed on by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). See the section below for further information about immunization

Recommended Immunization Schedule

Birth:Hep B
1 Month:Hep B
2 Months:DTaP, Hib, IPV, Pneumococcal, Rotavirus
4 Months:DTaP, Hib, IPV, Pneumococcal, Rotavirus
6 Months:DTaP, Hib, IPV, Pneumococcal, Rotavirus, Hep B
9 Months:Exam Only and lead test (if up-to-date on immunizations)
12 Months:MMR, Varicella, Hep A
*15 Months:DTaP, Hib, IPV, Pneumococcal, CBC & lead test
18 Months:Hep A
*2 years old:Exam Only (if up-to-date on immunizations)
*3 years old:Exam Only (if up-to-date on immunizations)
*4-5 years old:DTaP, IPV, MMR, Varicella A Well Child Exam is done at ages 4 and 5 years, but immunizations can be given at either exam
**6 years and up:Varicella #2 (if no history of chickenpox illness or only one dose previously given)
**11 years and up:Tdap, Meningococcal, HPV4
6 Months - 18 years:Flu vaccine is recommended yearly, especially for those with asthma, diabetes or chronic health problems.
* PCV131 dose needed of PCV13 15 months - 4 years 11 months
** Hep AIf series not completed

The above recommendations are based on current information and recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP) and the American Academy of Pediatrics. There have been many changes in the last few years, and this schedule takes those changes into account.

These changes have been made to protect your child as much as possible from disease as well as from complications from the vaccines. We will continue to keep this schedule updated and inform our parents of any changes.

DTaP - Diphtheria, Tetanus, Acellular Pertussis

The DtaP vaccine is a vaccine designed to protect against Diphtheria, Tetanus (lockjaw) and Acellular Pertussis (whooping cough) for your child.

Diphtheria - is an illness that causes difficulty breathing, heart problems, pneumonia, nerve damage, and can even cause death.

Tetanus - (lockjaw) causes seizures and severe muscle spasms that are powerful enough to fracture the spine. Tetanus has a 30% - 40% fatality rate.

Pertussis - (whooping cough) causes serious and uncontrollalbe coughing spells that interferes with breathing. Pertussis also causes pneumonia, bronchitis, seizures, brain damage, and can cause death.

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Tdap - Tetanus and Diphtheria toxoid, Acellular Pertussis Absorbed

Because immunity wanes over time, it is recommended that adolescents aged 11-18 years old and adults 19-64 years old are given periodic routine doses of Tdap to boost immunity against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Acellular Pertussis. Tdap (ADACEL) is for adolescents and adults as opposed to DTaP (DAPTACEL), which is the pediatric vaccine.

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Td - Tetanus and Diphtheria

Td is a vaccine for Tetanus and Diphtheria. It does not include the Acellular Pertussis Vaccine. In 2005, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended Tdap as a replacement for Td in adults age 19-64 years old.

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Hib - Haemophilus Influenzae Group B

Haemophilus Influenza causes severe bacterial infections, particularly in infants.

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IPV - Inactivated Polio

IPV is a vaccine that protects against Polio. Polio is an infectious disease that can cause paralysis and even death. Prior to the introduction of vaccines, Polio was very common and infected thousands of Americans each year.

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MMR - Measles, Mumps, Rubella

The MMR vaccine protects against Measles, Mumps and Rubella.

Measles is a virus. The symptoms include a rash, runny nose, cough and fever. Measles can lead to pneumonia, seizures, brain damage and death.

Mumps is a virus that causes swollen glands, fever and headaches. It can cause deafness, meningitis, swollen testicles / ovaries, and death.

Rubella is generally a milder disease but it can cause serious birth defects for children of women that are infected while pregnant.

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Hep B - Hepatitis B

Hep B is a vaccine for protection against the Hepatitis B virus. The Hepatitis B virus attacks the liver. It can cause lifetime infection, cirrhosis of the liver, cancer, liver failure and death.

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Hep A - Hepatitis A

Hep A vaccine protection against Hepatitis A. The symptoms of Hepatitis A are similar to Hepatitis B the way it attacks the liver. Hepatitis A does not cause chronic infection like Hepatitis B can.

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Rotavirus - Rotavirus Vaccine, Live, Oral Pentavalent

Rotavirus causes severe acute gastroenteritis (vomiting and diarrhea). This can cause severe dehydration and even death in infants.

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Varicella - Chickenpox vaccine

Most cases of Chickenpox are typically mild and run their case in 5 to 10 days. In some rare cases however, chickenpox can cause serious and life-threatening complications. The risk is greatest among infants, adults and those with weakened immune systems.

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Pneumococcal - Pneumococcal Conjugate Valent 13

Pneumococcal Disease is caused by bacteria. It can cause serious lung issues, pneumonia, meningitis and death.

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HPV 4 - Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus Types 6,11, 16, 18 Recombinant

HPV (Human Papillomavirus) typically affects adolescents and adults between 15 and 24 years old. HPV can clear on its own but in cases where it does not, it can cause cervical, vaginal and/or vulvar cancer in addition to genital warts for both males and females

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Meningococcal - Meningococcal (group A,C,Y and W-135 polysaccharide diphtheria toxoide conjugate vaccine

The Meningococcal vaccine protects against the bacteria infection that causes Meningococcal Meningitis. Meningococcal Meningitis is very serious and can be fatal. It causes the brain and spinal cord to become infected and swell. Symptoms of Meningococcal Meningitis include fever, headache, stiff neck, increased sensitivity to light, vomiting, and confusion.

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