Your Guide to Vaccinations

Updated: Jun 26, 2018

We firmly believe that in most circumstances, vaccinating children and young adults is a critical part of laying the foundation for a healthy life. The recommended vaccines and the vaccine schedule are the results of years of scientific study and data gathering on millions of children by the world’s brightest scientists and physicians.When a parent chooses not to vaccinate, they take a significant risk with their child’s health and the health of others around them.We recognize that there has been controversy surrounding the safety of vaccinations. We are happy to discuss these concerns with you. In some cases, we may alter the vaccine schedule to accommodate your concerns or reservations. In very rare instances, there are medical conditions that can make children ineligible for vaccinations. As partners in your child’s medical care, we will always check to see that your child can be vaccinated safely. Below, we have included a list of the recommended vaccines...


The case for vaccines

Chicken Pox (Varicella Vaccine)

Disease Spread by Air and Direct Contact

The Chicken Pox virus causes rash, tiredness, headache and fever. Complications include infected blisters, bleeding disorders, encephalitis (brain swelling) and pneumonia (infection in the lungs).


Diptheria (DTaP Vaccine)

Disease Spread by Air and Direct Contact

The Diphtheria virus causes sore throat, mild fever, weakness, and swollen glands in the neck. Complications, however, cause swelling of the heart muscle, heart failure, coma, paralysis and death.


Haemophilus influenzae type b. (Hib Vaccine)

Disease Spread by Air and Direct Contact

Hib can show no symptoms as long as the virus doesn't enter the blood. When Hib enters the blood, it can cause Meningitis (infection of the covering around the brain and spinal cord), intellectual disability, epiglottitis (life-threatening infection that can block the windpipe and lead to serious breathing problems), pneumonia (infection in the lungs) and death.


Hepatits A (HepA Vaccine)

Disease Spread by Direct Contact with Contaminated Food or Water

Hepatitis A may cause no symptoms, fever, stomach pain, loss of appetite, fatigue, vomiting, jaundice (yellowing of skin and eyes) and dark urine. In complicated cases, Hepatitis A can cause liver failure, arthralgia (joint pain), kidney, pancreatic, and blood disorders.


Hepatits B (HepB Vaccine)

Disease Spread by Contact with Blood or Bodily Fluids

There may be no symptoms, fever, headache, weakness, vomiting, jaundice (yellowing of skin and eyes) or joint pain. Complications include: chronic liver infection, liver failure and liver cancer.


Influenza (Flu Vaccine)

Disease Spread through the Air and Direct Contact

Flu vaccine protects against influenza. Symptoms may include fever, muscle pain, sore throat, cough and extreme fatigue. Complications include pneumonia.


Measles (MMR Vaccine)

Disease Spread through the Air and Direct Contact

Symptoms include rash, fever, cough, runny nose, pinkeye. Complications can include encephalitis (brain swelling), pneumonia (infection in the lungs) and death.


Mumps (MMR Vaccine)

Disease Spread through the Air and Direct Contact

Symptoms include swollen salivary glands (under the jaw), fever, headache, tiredness, muscle pain. Complications can include meningitis (infection of the covering around the brain and spinal cord), encephalitis (brain swelling), inflammation of testicles or ovaries and deafness.


Pertussis / Whooping Cough (DTaP Vaccine)

Disease Spread through the Air and Direct Contact

Symptoms include severe cough, runny nose, apnea (a pause in breathing in infants). Complications can include pneumonia and death.


Polio (IPV Vaccine)

Disease Spread through Air, Direct Contact and Through the Mouth

May be no symptoms, sore throat, fever, nausea or headache. Complications can include paralysis and death.


Pneumococcal (PCV13 Vaccine)

Disease Spread through the Air and Direct Contact

Symptoms can include pneumonia. Complications can include bacteremia (blood infection), meningitis (infection of the covering around the brain and spinal cord) and death.


Rotavirus (RV Vaccine)

Disease Spread through the Mouth

Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Complications can include severe diarrhea and dehydration.


Rubella (MMR Vaccine)

Disease Spread through the Air and Direct Contact

Children infected with rubella virus sometimes have a rash, fever and swollen lymph nodes. Rubella is very serious in pregnant women — can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery and birth defects.


Tetanus (DTaP Vaccine)

Spread through Exposure to Cuts in the Skin

Symptoms include stiffness in the neck and abdominal muscles, difficulty swallowing, muscle spasms and fever. Complications include broken bones, breathing difficulty and death.


Meningococcal Disease

Meningococcal diseases are caused by particular bacteria called Neisseria meningitidis. These illnesses are often severe and can be deadly. They include infections of the lining of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis) and bloodstream infections (bacteremia or septicemia).


There are two types of meningococcal vaccines available in the United States:

  • Meningococcal conjugate vaccines (Menactra® and Menveo®)

  • Serogroup B meningococcal vaccines (Bexsero® and Trumenba®)

All 11 to 12 year olds should be vaccinated with a meningococcal conjugate vaccine. A booster dose is recommended at age 16 years.
















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