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    What you need to know about vaccines:

    Vaccines play a vital part in the development of your child’s immune system. They teach your child’s body how to fight potentially dangerous, sometimes fatal, infections. The doctors of Allied Physicians Group follow the American Academy of Pediatrics vaccine recommendations and feel strongly that vaccinations are an important part of preventive health care.

    Immunization Schedule:

    Children under one year of age will receive the following vaccines:

    • 
DTaP (Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis)
    • Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b)
    • PCV-13 (Pneumococcal conjugate)
    • Polio (IPV)
    • Hepatitis B (HEP B)
    • Rotavirus

    Children between one and two years of age will receive:

    • MMR
    • Varicella
    • Hepatitis A (HEP A)
    • 
DTaP (Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis)
    • HiB booster (Haemophilus Influenza B)
    • Prevnar booster (pneumococcal conjugate)
    • Polio booster (IPV)

    Children between four and six years of age will receive:

    • MMR
    • Varicella
    • 
DTaP (Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis)
    • Polio booster

    Children who are 11 years old or older will receive:

    • Tdap booster (Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis) as required by NYS for all 11 year-olds in 6th grade
    • Meningococcal Vaccine
    • Varicella booster where appropriate
    • HAV & HBV (Human Papillomavirus), now available for girls and boys.

    These vaccines may be given as separate injections or may, when available, be combined in one vaccine. Combination vaccines are as safe and effective as the individual vaccine, and may mean fewer shots for your baby or child.

    Important links and further reading about vaccination:

    • For more information on the vaccines your child will be receiving, please refer to the Center for Disease Control’s Vaccination Information Statements. This will also be given to you at each office visit where your child is vaccinated.
    • Do you have concerns about vaccinating your child? We feel strongly that informed parents always decide to vaccinate their child. Click here to learn more.

      The Vaccine Imperative

      The tragic death of a local 17 year old boy reminds us that certain infections can be deadly and that vaccinating our children is life-saving.

      As pediatricians, we are spending more time convincing parents of the need to vaccinate their children. In part, this is due to the effectiveness of vaccines in eliminating many life-threatening diseases. No mother today has suffered with a child paralyzed from polio; no father has watched a child die from measles.

      Unfortunately if enough parents decide not to vaccinate their children, many of the diseases of the past will become all too real a part of our children’s futures.

      The following diseases which used to strike fear in the hearts of parents and pediatricians alike have all been virtually eliminated by vaccines:

      Measles is virtually unseen in the United States, though this deadly disease is still a major problem world wide, killing over 700,000 children per year.

      Polio infected nearly 60,000 children causing more than 3,000 deaths in the United States at the height of the 1952 epidemic. Since the polio vaccine was introduced to masses of eager school children, polio has been completely eliminated in North America.

      Haemophilus Influenza B was the most common cause of meningitis in young children before the HIB vaccine came out in1983. Haemophilus also caused epiglottitis, a swelling in the throat often leading to respiratory arrest. The HIB vaccine has decreased invasive Haemophilus disease by over 95% and saved the lives of thousands of children.

      Pneumoccocus is a very common cause of meningitis, pneumonia and sepsis (an infection of the blood and organs.) Since the introduction of the Prevnar vaccine in 2000, rates of serious pneumococcal disease have decreased 80%.

      Rubella, a cause of severe birth defects, is almost unheard of since a 1970’s advertising campaign reminded woman to get under the “rubella umbrella” and get vaccinated.

      Meningococcus causes meningitis in infants and adolescents, and was the cause of death of the 17 year old Massapequa boy. The Menactra vaccine is so effective in preventing disease that colleges are now requiring all students get vaccinated.

      Pertussis, also know as whooping cough, killed 10 infants in California in 2010 due to decrease in vaccination rates. The pertussis bacteria produces weeks of coughing spasms that can not be cured with antibiotic.

      Mumps and Tetanus are also serious diseases that have harmed many fewer children since the introduction of appropriate vaccines.

      It is impossible to know which of our children have been saved from the deadly diseases above, but statistics clearly show that hundreds of thousands of children in the US are healthier and happier because of vaccines. This is why your pediatricians feel strongly that the benefits of vaccines far outweigh any risks.

      Click here for CDC information on “What Would Happen if We Stopped Vaccinations?”

    • Why Immunize? from The American Academy of Pediatrics
    • The Online Vaccine Education Center
    • Vaccines For Your Children from The Center for Disease Control
    • Parents’ Guide to Childhood Immunizations from The Center for Disease Control
    • www.vaccinateyourbaby.org

    Vaccination contact information:

    Immunization Action Coalition

    Vaccine Information Statements

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    • URL: www.cdc.gov
    • Address: 1600 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30333

    • Telephone: (404) 639-3311 / Public Inquiries: (404) 639-3534 / (800) 311-3435


    American Academy of Pediatrics Vaccine Initiatives

    Allied Vaccine Group