Childhood & Adolescent Vaccinations
We know parents can be a little anxious when they think of their child getting a shot. But as a parent, it is important to take the right steps to protect your children. And vaccines are recommended throughout your child or adolescent’s life to protect them against serious – and sometimes deadly diseases. Because kids can spread germs easily, it’s important to also understand that most schools and daycares require children to be vaccinated for your child and other kids’ protection.
Flu season is here and the best way to protect your child from catching influenza is the flu vaccine. Because the flu virus changes (or mutates) each year, it’s recommended to get a new flu shot every year for the most up-to-date protection.
COVID-19 vaccines are now available to anyone 6 months and up. Getting vaccinated is still recommended as the best way to protect your child from developing serious illness with COVID-19.
Routine Childhood Vaccinations
In addition to the flu and coronavirus vaccines, for children and adolescents aged 18 years or younger, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a recommended routine vaccination schedule for the following important vaccinations:
- Hepatitis A and B (Hep A and Hep B)
- Rotavirus (RV)
- Diphtheria, tetanus, & acellular pertussis (DTaP)
- Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib)
- Pneumococcal conjugate (PCV 13)
- Influenza (Flu)
- Inactivated poliovirus (IPV)
- Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
- Chickenpox Varicella (VAR)
- Meningococcal (ACWY and Group B)
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV)