Children's Immunizations

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Parents are asked to make many important decisions concerning our children. To have your child immunized is one of these decisions. Dr. Ed Hill explains more about the importance of vaccinations in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Children in the United States routinely get vaccines that protect them from more than a dozen diseases. Most of these diseases are now at their lowest levels in history, thanks to immunization.

The Centers for Disease Control have approved guidelines on immunization practices for children.

They recommend that by age 6 children should be vaccinated against:

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis B

Rotavirus

Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis

Haemophilus influenza

Polio

Pneumococcus

Measles, Mumps and Rubella, and

Varicella, which protects against the virus that causes chicken pox

Annual flu vaccinations may also be given starting at 6 months in certain children who are at increased risk for complications from the flu.

Boosters are recommended for children between the ages 4 and 6 for diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis; polio; measles, mumps and rubella; and varicella.

A visit to your childs primary care physician is recommended at age 11 to 12 to review all vaccinations and make sure all necessary vaccines have been given.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.