The Importance of Immunizations

Immunizations have been much in the news over the past few weeks with the resurgence of preventable diseases, such as measles. Pediatric Care of Four Corners believes that all children should receive the recommended vaccines according to the guidelines provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Vaccines are safe and effective in preventing diseases and health complications in children and young adults. Regular vaccinations help children ward off infections, and are administered as one of the safest and best methods of disease prevention. Some of the most important immunizations include:

  • HepB: Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • RV: Rotavirus Vaccine
  • DTaP: Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis Vaccine
  • Hib: Haemophilus Influenzae B Vaccine
  • PCV: Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine
  • IPV: Inactivated Polio Vaccine
  • Influenza Vaccine
  • MMR: Measles, Mumps, Rubella Vaccine
  • Varicella: Chicken Pox Vaccine
  • HepA: Hepatitis A Vaccine

Following the AAP guidelines, your physician will work with you to explain which specific vaccinations recommended for your child and when they should be administered. Typically, infant immunization begins around the age of three months. For information about these vaccines, the diseases they protect against, immunization schedules, vaccine safety and other important information please visit the AAP’s immunization page.

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