Protect Your Children! Get Them Vaccinated

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The practice of vaccinating our children has had a significant impact on the health and well-being of children here in the United States. Since we began vaccinating our children, we have managed to completely eradicate diseases like polio, diphtheria, and smallpox here in the US, making it a safer, healthier place for our children to live.

Here are the 14 diseases that your baby and/or child should be vaccinated for. Also I included information such as how any injections are I each series and the vaccine schedule. (This does not include vaccinations recommended for teens or pre-teens. This list is strictly regarding babies and younger children. I will post separately regarding teen vaccinations.)

Protect your children with these 14 vaccinations

Chicken Pox

What is it? A virus that causes an itchy rash, blisters, and fever.

How many shots? 2

When are they given? 12-15 months and 4-6 years

Diphtheria

What is it? A virus that causes a thick coating in the back of the nose or throat. It can cause trouble breathing, heart failure and in some cases death.

How many shots? 5

When are they given? 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 15-18 months, and 4-6 years

Mumps

What is it? A virus that causes swelling of the salivary glands, fever, head and muscle aches and fatigue. It is very contagious and has no treatment.

How many shots?  2

When are they given? 12-15 months and 4-6 years

Rotavirus

What is it?  A virus that causes severe diarrhea, vomiting, fever and abdominal pain, typically in infants and young children. This can be very serious as it can cause severe dehydration which will require the child to be hospitalized.

How many shots? 2 (or 3 depending on what brand is given)

When are they given? 2 months, and 4 months. (and 6 months depending on brand)

 

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Pneumococcal Disease

What is it? An illness caused by the bacteria Streptococcus Pneumonia. Can cause ear infections, sinus infections, pneumonia and meningitis.

How many shots? 4

When are they given? 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and 12-15 months

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

What is it? A very contagious disease that causes uncontrollable violent coughing that in turn makes it very hard to breathe. This disease is very serious and can be fatal in babies.

How many shots? 5

When are they given?  2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 15-18 months, and 4-6 years

Measles

What is it? A very severe, highly contagious respiratory disease that causes a rash and a fever. In rare cases, Measles can be fatal.

How many shots? 2

When are they given? 12-15 months and 4-6 years

Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b)

What is it? A disease that can damage the immune system, cause brain damage, hearing loss and in some cases death. Even with treatment, 1 out of 20 patients with Hib meningitis will die and 1 in 5 will become deaf or have serious brain damage.

How many shots? 4

When are they given? 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and 12-15 months.

Rubella

What is it? A virus that causes a fever and a rash. It is very dangerous during pregnancy as it can lead to serious birth defects or even miscarriage.

How many shots? 2

When are they given? 12-15 months and 4-6 years

Hepatitis A

What is it? a very contagious disease of the liver that is transmitted through contaminated food and water.

How many shots? 2

When are they given? 12-23 months, then 6-18 months after the first shot.

Hepatitis B

What is it? A contagious illness of the liver that over time can lead to serious health problems, including liver cancer.

How many shots? 3

When are they given? At birth, 1-2 months, and 6 months

Influenza (The Flu)

What is it? A respiratory disease caused by a viral infection of the nose, throat and lungs.

How many shots? A Lot

When are they given? Every year after they are 6 months old.

Note: Children under 6 months old are at high risk of serious flu illness. In order to protect them as they are still too young to receive the vaccine, the best thing is for the mother to get vaccinated during pregnancy and for all caregivers to also be vaccinated.

Tetanus

What is it? An illness that causes painful muscle stiffness, lockjaw, and can even be fatal.

How many shots? 5

When are they given? 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 15-18 months, and 4-6 years

Polio

What is it? An infectious disease caused by the poliovirus that causes weakness or paralysis in approximately 1 out of every 200 people infected.

How many shots? 4

When are they given? 2 months, 4 months, 6-18 months, and 4-6 years

The CDC recommends that all children be vaccinated in order to protect them from developing any of these potentially dangerous diseases. For more information you can visit the CDC website.

 

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