The Importance of keeping up on the recommended immunization schedule

School is out for the summer but the new school year will be here before we know it. Is your child up to date on recommended school entry vaccines? Heather Halley, L.P.N Director of Immunizations at Complete Family Medicine, stopped by the set of Good Morning Heartland to talk about vaccines and the importance of staying on schedule with immunizations. WATCH VIDEO ABOVE to learn more.

Question: What is the purpose of the recommended immunization schedule?


Answer: To protect infants and children by providing immunity early in life before they are exposed to potentially life threatening disease.

Children do not receive any known benefits from following schedules that delay vaccines. We do know delaying vaccines put children at risk of becoming ill with a vaccine preventable disease.

Question: How often should children see the doctor for vaccines?

Answer: Your child will get a series of vaccines at 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15 and 18 months of age.

Children need vaccines again at 4 years of age. The 4 year old vaccines are often referred to as the kindergarten vaccines because they are required before the entrance of Kindergarten. We recommend getting these vaccines at age 4 and not waiting until the start of Kindergarten. It is recommended after the age of 2 years a child come in yearly for a wellness exam whether vaccines are needed or not.

An annual flu vaccine is recommended as well for 6 months and older.

Question: What Vaccines do adolescents need?

Answer: Adolescents need 3 vaccines at age 11. HPV-for the prevention of cervical cancer, this is recommended for males now as well as females.

Meningococcal Vaccine for prevention of meningitis. Tdap- prevention of Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis

Adolescents also need a visit for vaccines at age 16 for a booster dose of meningitis vaccine.

Question: What vaccines do adults need?

Answer: The specific immunizations you need as an adult are determined by several different factors such as age, lifestyle, health conditions, travel location and previous immunization status. Throughout your adult life you need immunizations to get and maintain protection against: Seasonal Influenza-for all adults. Tdap Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis-for all adults who have not previously received a Tdap vaccine

Shingles for adults 60 years or older. Pneumonia Vaccine. Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B Vaccines.

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