Vaccines

Vaccines have greatly reduced the threat of many vaccine preventable diseases in childhood. There are new vaccines and new recommendations that we would like to make you aware of.

Only some vaccines are listed below.

Please visit this website for a complete listing. 
http://www.aap.org/healthtopics/immunizations.cfm


Influenza
Everyone 6 months and older should receive a flu vaccine.  The CDC recommends universal vaccination every season to expand protection against the flu.


Meningococcal Vaccine

Two doses of meningococcal vaccine are recommended, at ages 11 and 16.


HPV Vaccine

This vaccine prevents cervical cancer and cervical, vulvar and vaginal pre-cancers as well as genital warts caused by human papillomavirus.

All adolescents, boys and girls, should be vaccinated at age 11 or 12, in a three dose series.  We would like to vaccinate all our adolescents before they become sexually active.


Varicella
A second dose of varicella vaccine has been recently approved for children four to six years old to further improve protection against 
the disease. The first dose of varicella vaccine is recommended at 
12 to 15 months old.

It is also recommended that children, adolescents and adults who previously received one dose should receive a second dose.

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Tdap
Pertussis is a common cause of a protracted cough illness in adults.

Pertussis persists and appears to be increasing in incidence, particularly among older children, adolescents, and adults.

Disease in adolescents and adults can be severe, but is often mild 
and therefore unrecognized.

Adolescents and adults are often the source of infection for infants and young children. Infants are at high risk for morbidity and mortality from pertussis infection.

A routine booster dose of an acellular pertussis vaccine is indicated 
in adolescents and adults.

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Answers to Common Questions

Q: Does MMR vaccine cause Autism?

A: No. This theory has been thoroughly investigated, and there are
now many studies published in respected medical journals that 
failed to find any evidence of an association between the MMR 
vaccine and autism spectrum disorder.

Q: Does the mercury containing preservative thimerosal, sometimes 
used in vaccines, cause autism?

A: No. In 1999, the Public Health Service and the American Academy 
of Pediatrics recommended reduction or removal of thimerosal that 
contained ethyl mercury from vaccines used in infants.

Several studies have found no association between thimerosal 
containing vaccines and autism. Vaccines like the MMR, chickenpox, 
prevnar and polio never used thimerosal as preservatives.

Vaccines do not cause autism.


Vaccine Information Resources

National Immunization Program – http://www.cdc.gov/nip
Immunization Action Coalition – http://www.immunize.org