At Bee Well El Paso Pediatrics, we recommend immunizations according to the schedule provided by the Centers for Disease Control. Ensuring that children are up to date on their immunizations is one of the single most important things we can do as pediatricians.
What Are We Preventing?
Prior to having the vaccines we have today, parents in the United States could expect that every year:
- Polio would paralyze 10,000 children.
- Rubella would cause birth defects and mental retardation in as many as 20,000 newborns.
- Measles would infect about 4 million children, killing about 500.
- Diphtheria would be one of the most common causes of death in school-aged children.
- A bacterium called Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) would cause meningitis in 15,000 children, leaving many with permanent brain damage.
- About 16,000 children under the age of ten would be infected with hepatitis.
- Pertussis (whooping cough) would kill 8,000 infants.
- Chickenpox would infect 4 million people and cause death in 100 people.
- Dehydration caused by rotavirus gastroenteritis would kill 60 children, and nearly all children would have a mild version of the illness at some point.
IN ADDITION TO THE SCHEDULED VACCINES LISTED, WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND AN ANNUAL FLU VACCINE STARTING AT 6 MONTHS OF AGE.
Pentacel = Dtap (diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis), Hib (Haemophilus influenza type B), and IPV (inactivated polio vaccine)
Prevnar = PCV-13 (covers 13 strains of pneumococcus bacteria)
MMR = measles, mumps, rubella
Varicella = chickenpox
Kinrix = Dtap, IPV
Tdap = tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis
Gardasil = HPV-9 (covers 9 strains of human papilloma virus), series of 3 shots
In addition to the vaccines on the schedule above, we recommend a yearly influenza vaccine at every age starting at 6 months.