Immunizations:

  • Vaccines Available for Childhood Illnesses
  • Yellow Fever Vaccine
  • Flu, Pneumonia and Other Adult Immunizations

Vaccines are the safest means of protection for infants against deadly diseases.  By the time a child is 2 years of age, the following vaccines should have been administered (according to the Ohio Department of Health):

  • 4 DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis)
  • 3 Polio (inactivated polio)
  • 4 Hib   (haemophilus influenzae b)
  • 3 Hepatitis B
  • 1 MMR  (measles, mumps, rubella) 1 Varicella (chickenpox)

When a child reaches the age of Kindergarten, the following vaccines are required:

  • 5 DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis)
  • 4 Polio (inactivated polio)
  • 3 Hepatitis B
  • 2 MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
  • 2 Varicella (chicken pox)

When a child is going into seventh (7th) grade a Tdap will now be required.

CDC’s Birth to 18 years and “Catch Up” Immunization Schedule

CDC’s Adult Immunization Schedule

Before children were immunized, parents in the United States could expect that every year:

  • Polio would paralyze 10,000 children.
  • Rubella (German Measles) would cause birth defects and mental retardation in as many as 20,000 newborns.
  • Measles would infect about 4 million children — killing 3,000.
  • Diphtheria would be one of the most common causes of death in school-aged children.
  • A bacterium called Hib would cause meningitis in 25,000 children, leaving many with permanent brain damage.
  • Pertussis (whooping cough) would kill 8,000 children, most of who were under the age of 12 months.

Taken from What Every Parent Should Know About Vaccines,  Paul Offit & Louis Bell, 1998.)

Vaccines and Your Baby

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