Back to School is just around the corner! Your school supplies are ready and your first-day outfit picked, but have you checked in with your pediatrician to start the school year healthy?
Immunizations are a very important step in keeping children healthy as they prevent the spread of diseases that can lead to serious complications such as pneumonia (infection in the lungs), meningitis (infection of the covering around the brain and spinal cord), liver failure, and heart failure.
While these diseases can be very serious and frightening, they can be easily prevented by simply receiving routine immunizations throughout childhood and adulthood.
Each immunization has a recommended timeline for children ages 0-18 and while it can be confusing, below is a summary of some of the vaccinations:
Birth – 6 months
Receive 1st and 2nd dose of
- Hepatitis B.
Receive 1st and 2nd doses of
- DTaP (Diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis)
- Hib (haemophilus influenzae type b)
- PCV13 (Pneumococcal conjugate)
- IPV (Inactivated poliovirus)
6 – 18 months
Receive the third dose of
- PCV13 (3rd and 4th dose)
- Hepatitis B
Receive 1st dose of
- MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
- Varicella (chickenpox)
- Hepatitis A (1st and 2nd dose)
Four to Six Years
Receive booster immunizations of
- DTaP (5th dose)
- IPV (4th dose)
- MMR (2nd dose)
- Varicella (2nd dose)
Receive the first dose of
- Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis)
Begin the vaccination cycle for the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination. Learn more about the HPV vaccine timeline.
Receive 2nd dose of Meningococcal vaccine.
From the age of six months to 8 years, a child should receive one or two doses of the Influenza vaccine annually. At the age of about eight years, a child should begin to only receive one dose of the Influenza vaccine annually.
If your child has fallen behind with scheduled vaccines and other preventative care services due to the pandemic, connect with your pediatrician today to create a plan to get back on schedule. Your pediatrician is happy to help answer any questions and keep your family healthy.
Saban Community Clinic is hosting its annual Back to School Vaccine Clinic events on July 22 and 24. Families can schedule an appointment to get required immunizations before they return to school in the fall or schedule appointments for other preventive care services in dental and mental health. Families can choose to either remain in their vehicle or walk up to one of our private tents to receive services.
To register or learn more, visit www.sabancommunityclinic.org/school or call (323) 653-1990.