Vaccines and Preventive Care

Vaccines

The physicians and physician assistants of Willows Pediatrics strongly believe children should receive vaccines acording to the schedule recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Scientific evidence has established that childhood vaccines are safe and protect children from serious illness. Children who do not receive immunizations are susceptible to potentially life-threatening illnesses, and present a risk to any other children they come into contact with and the community at large. The potential consequences of vaccine preventable diseases include hospitalization, mechanical ventilation, seizures, brain damage, and even death.

Sorting through the benefits and misinformation

As pediatricians, we have seen the tremendous benefits of childhood vaccinations. At the same time, we have seen how misinformation about vaccines has led some parents to delay or with hold vaccines, putting children at risk for illness. We understand the difficulty parents may have in sorting through the vast quantities of data on vaccine safety, and we are here to help guide you and answer all your vaccine-related questions.

At each visit we will review your child’s health record and discuss with you any vaccines that are recommended. Your child’s vaccine record is kept in your child’s chart as well as in our computer database, which allows us to print out each child’s vaccine record for school and camp forms. We also participate in CIRTS (the Connecticut Immunization Registry and Tracking System). Below is our recommended well child and vaccination schedule.

Preventive Care

Checkups are opportunities to screen your child for vision and hearing problems, chart growth patterns, and administer any vaccinations that may be due. They are also an important time for us to get to know your child as an individual and answer questions parents have about development and behavior.

Please make appointments for your child’s annual checkup at least three months in advance; even sooner when check-ups fall during the summer months.

 

Recommended Physical Exams for Newborns through Teens

Age Vaccinations* and Tests

2 Weeks

Hep B #1, if not given at birth

2 Months

DaPT #1, IPV #1, Prevnar #1, HIB #1, Rotateq #1, Hep B #2

4 Months

DaPT #2, IPV #2, Prevnar #2, HIB #2, Rotateq #2

6 Months

DaPT #3, IPV #3, Prevnar #3, HIB #3, Rotateq #3, Hgb

9 Months

PPD** for “high risk” children, Hep B #3

12 Months

Prevnar #4, HIB #4, Hep A #1, Hgb***, Lead Level

15 Months

MMR #1, Varivax #1

18-20 Months

DaPT #4, Hep A #2

2 Years

Hemoglobin, Lead Level

2.5 Years

Physical Exam Only

3 Years

Annual Physical Exam Begins, urinalysis

4 Years

DaPT #5, IPV #4

5 Years

MMR #2, Varivax #2, PPD, Hemoglobin

11-12 Years

Menactra, Tdap, HPV #1 followed by a booster in 2 and 6 months.

Pre-College

Menactra booster, Vaccine Review: Tdap and /or HPV if not given previously, PPD, Cholesterol

*All vaccines are thimerosal free

DTaP

Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis, Tetanus vaccine
for children less than 7 years of age

HEP A

Hepatitis A vaccine

HEP B

Hepatitis B vaccine

HIB

Haemophilus Influenza Type B vaccine

HPV

Human Papilloma Virus vaccine

IPV

Inactivated Polio vaccine

Menactra

Meningococcal vaccine

MMR

Measles, Mumps, Rubella vaccine

Prevnar

Pneumococcal vaccine

Rotateq

Rotavirus vaccine

Tdap

Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis, Tetanus vaccine for adolescents

Varivax

Varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccine

**The PPD (mantoux) test is a type of tuberculin skin test.

***Hemoglobin (Hgb) is a simple test to screen for anemia. Cholesterol and other blood work will be done as necessary.