The Importance of Staying on Schedule with Your Child’s Vaccinations
One of the best ways to protect your children from preventable disease is to visit their pediatrician regularly and have them vaccinated when it is appropriate. Getting your children vaccinated is necessary for more than school admission. In addition to providing your child’s vaccine record to their school’s student health office, your child needs to be protected from several contagious diseases.Which vaccines do your children actually need? The fact is that most vaccinations are given to your child before they turned two years old. The vaccines your child needs for the first six years of life are outlined by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) in an easy to read vaccination schedule. If your child misses a vaccine, you don’t have to start over. Simply schedule an appointment with your child’s doctor for the next immunization. It’s important to talk with your child’s doctor if you have questions about vaccines and their possible side effects.
Once your children have their vaccinations, it is equally important to keep a vaccination record for each child. In addition to needing your child’s immunization records to register them for school and college, you will also need proof of vaccination for child care, athletic teams, summer camps, traveling, and clubs such as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
Keeping kids safe and healthy means that all their health needs should be made a priority. That’s why our family health care center offers a full range of services, including health screenings, immunizations, and other health services to offer comprehensive care to your children and family members.
Our Child and Adolescent Health Centers provide a full range of health services to your family members by providing a healthcare team comprised of a mid-level provider, medical assistant, dental hygienist, dentist, behavioral health therapist, and program coordinator trained in adolescent health.
If you’re not sure which vaccinations your child or teen needs at their current developmental stage, call our office to schedule an appointment and find out more about how we can help your children stay healthy and disease-free. You can also view our Patient Resources for more information.