Q: How do I know
when my child should get their next vaccination?
is an age range in which your child should be vaccinated with certain vaccines. To view a set diagram of this made by the
Department of Health and Human Services, visit Vaccines.
Q: Can children who are sick receive vaccines?
A: Most vaccines are safe when given during mild illness. The exceptions are live virus vaccines, such as the MMR
and chicken pox. While not harmful these vaccines may not be as effective if given during a viral illness. We also do not
recommend flu shots while you are sick.
Q: Why does my child need to be immunized?
There are several serious or lethal infectious diseases that have been nearly eradicated by the use of vaccines which, when
administered on schedule, are both safe and effective. For more info, visit the Center for Disease Control website.
Q: Are vaccines safe? What are the signs my child is having a reaction to the vaccine?
A: There is extensive scientific evidence that vaccines are safe and effective. In contrast,
we have no evidence of any link between Autism and childhood immunizations. For current and accurate information on vaccine
safety, refer to the American Academy of Pediatrics website.
Q: Once my child misses the suggested years to be vaccinated, is it too late to catch-up?
A: No. It is never too late to start or catch up with shots. We can design as schedule
to fit your particular situation.
Q: What is the HPV vaccine? When should my daughter begin the HPV series of vaccinations?
A: Gardasil is the only cervical cancer vaccine that helps protect against 4 types of
human papillomavirus (HPV): 2 types that cause 70% of cervical cancer cases, and 2 more types that cause 90% of genital warts
cases. Gardasil is for girls and young women ages 9 to 26. For more information about Gardasil, visit the Gardasil website.
Q: We are going to a foreign country for vacation. What vaccines are required and/or
recommended for my child?
A: There are a few vaccines required and many
recommended by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, depending on the location. Although we may not offer all of these
vaccinations at our office, we highly recommend, as does the CDC, that you consult our office 4-6 weeks before you travel
in order to allow enough time for the vaccine to become effective. For more information and to look up your specific destination,
visit The Center of Disease Control and Prevention.