Immunizations are an essential part of preventative medicine and receiving immunizations at the appropriate times is critical to maintain good health. This month we’ll be sharing information in a two-part series, first on childhood immunizations and then on seasonal and adult immunizations.
From birth to age 6, children will receive most of the childhood vaccinations necessary to protect them and get them ready to enter school. Vaccine recommendations include:
A quick reference graphic is available from the Centers for Disease Control and describes each vaccine, the disease symptoms and disease complications here.
Preteens and teens typically require additional vaccines between the ages of 11 and 12 and additional boosters between 13 and 18 years old. Vaccine recommendations include:
A quick graphic reference of immunizations recommended for 7-18 year olds is available from the Centers for Disease Control online here.
Family physicians may alter the timing of certain immunizations based on the unique health needs of your children and if your child is “catching up” on missed vaccines.
Additionally, if travel plans will take you and your family out of the country, please talk to your family physician about vaccination needs. When traveling to certain parts of the world, additional immunizations are required to protect your family from disease.
Physicians and residents at The Wright Center are well versed in immunizations, current studies, and public health initiatives related to vaccinations. If you have questions, schedule an appointment or well visit today.
Immunization information was compiled using best practices from The Wright Center, information from the Center for Disease Control, and medical knowledge of residents at The Wright Center. This blog is not intended to replace a visit or consultation with a medical professional.
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