What Vaccines Do Kids Need?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children receive the following vaccinations. Dr. Ruffin looks forward to discussing with you the best course of action for your family.
- Chickenpox (varicella) vaccine
- Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine (DTaP)
- Hepatitis A vaccine (HepA)
- Hepatitis B vaccine (HepB)
- Hib vaccine
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine
- Influenza vaccine
- Measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR)
- Meningococcal vaccines
- Pneumococcal vaccine (PCV)
- Polio vaccine (IPV)
- Rotavirus vaccine
Some Parents may hesitate to have their kids vaccinated. They have questions or worry that a child might have a severe reaction or get the illness the vaccine prevents. But the components of vaccines are weakened or killed. In some cases, only parts of the germ are used. Most vaccinations are unlikely to cause any serious illness.
Some vaccines may cause mild reactions, such as soreness where the shot was given or a fever. But severe reactions are rare. The risks of vaccinations are small compared with the health risks of the diseases they’re intended to prevent.
Immunizations are one of the best means of protection against contagious diseases