Are Your Child's Vaccinations Up to Date?
Aug 12, 2013
the school year begins, pediatricians’ offices swell with children and
conscientious parents making sure their kids get back-to-school
Viruses and bacteria that cause diseases like whooping cough,
chickenpox and meningitis still exist in this country, and travelers can
easily bring other diseases here. Without vaccinations, infections like
measles could quickly spread, causing a nationwide outbreak.
“Many states, including New Jersey have specific vaccination requirements for students attending public schools,” says Bert Mandelbaum, MD,
Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at UMCP and a board certified
pediatrician. “Getting your children vaccinated and making sure their
shots are up-to-date will help protect them for a lifetime.”
An effective way to help protect children from these diseases is by
following your doctor’s recommended immunization schedule. The
immunization schedule is designed to work with a child’s immune
system—at certain ages and at specific times, when he or she is most
vulnerable to serious complications from an infection. If a vaccine
requires a second or third dose, they need to be given within a certain
time frame or the vaccine will not fully protect your child.
If you would like to review the Center for Disease Control’s Child & Adolescent Immunization Schedules you can view them here.
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*The above article contains information provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics