Vaccination Programs in Agoura Hills
Children get over 20 shots of vaccines in the first two years of life alone. The shots and boosters increase in a decelerating rate into their preteens, teens and sometimes early adulthood. The aim is to protect them from serious diseases that may be easier to prevent than cure.
A vaccine is given at the time when children are most vulnerable to a certain disease. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises against choosing not to vaccinate, delaying vaccinations and getting only a few of the recommended vaccines, as this puts your child at risk of some of the world's most dreaded diseases. Below are some of the vaccines your child needs to fend off these potentially life-threatening diseases.
This vaccine protects your child against the incurable hepatitis B, which an infected mother can pass to the baby during birth. The first shot is given even before the baby leaves the hospital, the second at 1-2 months and the third at 6-18 months.
Most people can remember this highly contagious rash from childhood. A vaccine against its causal virus, varicella, was licensed back in 1995, and has played a major role in reducing cases of death associated with the virus.
The vaccine is given for the first time to children between 12-15 months and then at the age of 4-6 years.
Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib)
Hib is the bacterium behind meningitis – an infection that causes inflammation on the membranes surrounding the spinal cord and the brain. Meningitis is most dangerous to children under five years of age.
Depending on the vaccine your child gets, shots may be given at the ages of 2, 4, 6 and 12-15 months.
The polio vaccine is regarded as a huge success in modern medicine as there are virtually no more cases of polio in the United States.
Polio has severe symptoms that can cause paralysis or even death. Typically four shots of the vaccine are given – at two months, four months, between 6-18 months and finally between 4-6 years of age.
Other important vaccines include DTaP for diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis; MMR for measles, mumps and rubella; pneumococcal conjugate for Streptococcus pneumoniae; flu vaccinations; and rotavirus vaccine (RV).
Most of these vaccines are required for school attendance while a few such as flu vaccinations and rotavirus vaccine are not.
Are Vaccines Safe?
Some parents may be reluctant to have their children vaccinated due to the worry of some of the new vaccines not being safe. Well, new vaccines are only approved and recommended after being studied and their possible side effects scrutinized for a long time. Researchers ensure only safe vaccines are available on the market.
Get Your Child Vaccinated Today
While it is advisable to have your child vaccinated during the recommended ages and times, it is not too late to get them back on track if they missed a shot or two. Kids & Teens Medical Group offers vaccination programs in Agoura Hills that accommodate both emergency and late vaccination calls for parents and children that need it. Feel free to contact us and schedule an appointment or visit our office directly for urgent care.