Thursday, December 12, 2013

Guest Post: Immunizations Your Child Needs

While preparing your child for life, getting their immunizations should be top of the list. This will help prevent diseases, and other problems from arising for them. Learn which immunizations are essential for your children, and why they are needed to ensure their health and safety in the future.


The day your child is born, they should receive a Hepatitis B shot. This shot needs to be given three times in the beginning stages of your child’s life, once at birth, once in a few months, and a final time between six months to two years old. This will prevent problems with your child’s liver over the course of their life.

The immunization is much more effective when given at a young age. Right around 95% of those who receive the vaccine at this time have the antibodies to protect them. The vaccine that is now in use first began to be developed and implemented in the 1980s.This early protection is seen to last well into the child’s adult life, making a healthy life more of a reality.

The first year

During the first year of your child’s life, he or she will be constantly going in for checkups to ensure everything is developing and functioning as it should. A few of these checkups include additional shots including at two months, four months, and six months. The shots needed at these times are:

·         Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis – this is to prevent the whooping cough from developing
·         Hib – this first dose will help prevent pneumonia from developing, as well as assist the safety of the lungs from other problems as well as the blood, joints, and brain
·         Polio
·         Pneumococcal conjugate – another security against pneumonia, protecting this deadly infection from taking hold of the body
·         Rotavirus – not getting this shot will increase the risk of diarrhea and vomiting caused by the rotavirus
·         Influenza – a protection against the flu from causing serious complications

Most of these shots given are just one dose of a series of shots. It is important to get the initial treatment, but it is equally important to continue after this, getting a shot when one is due. Make sure to get each one at the appropriate time to keep your child in good health.

After the first year

After the first year your child will still have regular shots, but they will not be nearly as frequent as before. This doesn’t make them any less important. Many of these are repeats of earlier shots that are required. Make sure to get these follow up shots done when they are recommended to make them the most useful.

Besides these repeats, your child will get vaccinations to prevent against chickenpox, measles, mumps, and rubella. All these are preventable problems that can be taken care of with these vaccines.

There are some immunizations that need to be taken care of for your child at a young age. Make sure to take your child in from an early age, to get the right shots at the right time. This will prevent them from getting dangerously sick during their life.

Cassie writes for Family First Pediatrics on the vaccines you need for your child. She writes advice for finding a pediatrician in Utah, and getting the best care for your child.