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Sound Advice: Pediatricians Answer Vaccine Questions
Parents who are doing their homework on their child’s vaccines can go directly to the experts for answers – without leaving home. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers a series of audio interviews with pediatricians, researchers, advocates and other parents.
Parents can listen first-hand as experts address specific questions related to immunization at http://www.cispimmunize.org/fam/soundadvice.html:
- - Why is it important to vaccinate on time?
- - What vaccines do adolescents need?
- - Why should infants get the Hepatitis B vaccine?
- - Why do kids need the flu shot?
- - Are some children extra-sensitive to vaccines?
- - Why are vaccines required for school entry?
All the interviews can be downloaded to an mp3 player. Edited transcripts are posted.
2012 Recommended Immunization Schedules
The following 2012 Recommended Immunization Schedules list the age or age range when each vaccine or series of shots is recommended. If your child or adolescent has missed any shots, consult the catch-up schedule AND check with your child’s pediatrician about getting back on track.
Childhood Immunization Schedule (birth – 6 years old)
Adolescent Immunization Schedule (ages 7 – 18 years old)
Catch-up Immunization Schedule
These schedules have been approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.
-Who Should get the Seasonal Flu Vaccine?
EVERYONE! For the first time, all people 6 months and older are recommended for annual influenza vaccination. This year’s flu vaccine will protect against three viruses (an H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus that caused so much illness last season). More information on http://www.cdc.gov/Features/FLU/
-Why Flu Vaccine Matters
This powerful six and half-minute video, created by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with Families Fighting Flu (FFF), features the personal stories of parents who have tragically lost or nearly lost a child to the flu. “Why Flu Vaccination Matters: Personal Stories from Families Affected by Flu” intertwines the stories of these parents with the facts about influenza as explained by Dr. Jeanne Santoli, Deputy Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the CDC.
The video carries a strong message, underscoring the fact that influenza is serious and more than 20,000 children are hospitalized every year due to flu-related complications and some children tragically die.
Vaccination is the best and most effective way to help prevent the spread and potentially serious complications of the disease, especially for young children and children with chronic illnesses such as asthma.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
Websites from the AAP