Immunisations and Vaccinations
One health matter that parents of young school-aged children should be concerned with is keeping up with immunisation schedules. Due to their young immune systems, children of a certain age (up to about age 12) are more vulnerable to viruses and medical concerns compared to adults. If you’re the parent of a young child, find out everything you need to know about immunisations for children to ensure that your child is protected.
Why Are Immunisations Important?
Immunisations are vaccines that help a child's immune system fight certain diseases and viruses. Children are more prone to being exposed to these viruses because they go to school with so many other young people who don't always have the best hygiene habits. Schools often request records of immunisations to ensure the safety of their young students. Vaccines are also a cost-effective way for parents to manage their children’s health care—they help families avoid the cost of expensive future procedures and hospital visits.
Types of Immunisations
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes a schedule of recommended immunisations for children up to the age of 18. Here are some of the most common vaccines administered by your paediatrician:
- influenza (Flu)
- measles (MMR)
- meningitis (MenACWY/MenB)
- hepatitis B (HepB)
- rotavirus (RV)
- tetanus (DTaP)
- human papillomavirus (HPV for children ages nine and older)
Our Vaccine Philosophy
Our practice believes that all children should receive the recommended vaccines according to the guidelines provided by the CDC. Vaccines are effective in preventing diseases and health complications in children and young adults. Regular vaccinations help children ward off infections, and are administered as one of the best methods of disease prevention.
We are happy to discuss your concerns about vaccines at your child's next visit.
You can view the recommended Vaccine schedule on the Department of Health’s website here.