Has your child received all of the immunizations he or she needs? Our Conroe, TX, pediatrician, Dr. Ayotunde Faweya of Northside Pediatrics Associates, explains when immunizations are recommended.
When should my child receive immunizations?
Some immunizations only require one or two doses, while others require three or four for full immunity. We recommend that our Conroe patients follow this recommended immunization schedule:
- Rotavirus: (2 months and 4 months) - Rotavirus causes fever, diarrhea, vomiting, and dehydration and can be quite serious in infants and young children.
- HBV: (Birth, 1 - 2 months and 6 - 18 months) - The immunization protects your child against hepatitis B, a viral infection that damage the liver.
- DTaP: (2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 15 - 18 months, and 4 to 6 years) - The DTaP immunization prevents your son or daughter from contracting tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough).
- Polio: (2 months, 4 months, 6 - 18 months, and 4 - 6 years) - Polio once caused death, paralysis and lifelong muscle and joint problems but has been eliminated in the U.S., thanks to this valuable vaccine.
- HiB: (2 months, 4 months, 12 - 15 months) - The haemophilus influenza type B immunization protects your child from a bacterial infection that causes both pneumonia and spinal meningitis.
- Varicella: (12 - 15 months, 4 - 6 years) - Chickenpox may seem like a minor illness, but it can cause serious complications in some children, such as brain or blood infections or pneumonia.
- MMR: (12 - 15 months, 4 - 6 years) - The MMR vaccine targets three disease: measles, mumps, and German measles.
- Pneumococcal Conjugate: (2 months, 4 months, 6 - 18 months, 4 - 6 years) - The important vaccine provides protection form meningitis, pneumonia, blood infections, and some types of ear infections.
- Human Papilloma Virus: (11- 12 years, then an additional dose six to 12 months later) - This fairly new immunization targets the most common strains of the virus responsible for cervical cancer and also prevents genital warts.
- Meningococcal b: (16 - 18 years) - The immunization helps your high school and college-aged children avoid a deadly meningitis infection.
Has your child missed an immunization? It's never too late to catch up if your son or daughter hasn't received all of the recommended immunizations. Call our Conroe, TX, pediatrician, Dr. Faweya of Northside Pediatrics Associates, at (936) 270-8655 to schedule your child's appointment.