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Are Your Child's Vaccinations Up to Date?

Aug 12, 2013

As the school year begins, pediatricians’ offices swell with children and conscientious parents making sure their kids get back-to-school vaccinations.
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.  

For assistance finding a pediatrician on staff with Princeton HealthCare System, call 1.888.PHCS4YOU (1.888.742.7496) or search for a physician online.  

*The above article contains information provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics