Pediatric Immunization - Here's Your Shot

August 10, 2010 by Molly

Where does the summer go?  It’s time for school again, and with school comes the inevitable topic of immunization.  Pediatric immunization is vastly important, and with August being National Immunization Month, we felt it an appropriate time and forum to discuss vaccination.

Why are immunizations important?  As a bit of a history lesson, here are the facts: during the 20th century, many infectious diseases—that killed thousands of people each year—were either eliminated or controlled by immunizations in the United States.  Examples include diptheria, whooping cough, polio, measles, and rubella.  Immunizations are responsible for the eradication of smallpox in the late 1970’s, and a decline in diseases such as Haemophilus Influenzae type b (Hib), pneumococcal disease, chickenpox, and hepatitis A and B.

Most physicians feel that vaccines are a safe, effective and inexpensive way to prevent debilitating diseases.

Below is a list of Georgia immunization requirements for child care and school attendance:

  • DTP, DT, DTAP
    • Given at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12-15 months, 18-24 months, and 4-6 years of age
  • Hep B
    • Given at 2 months, 4 months, 12-15 months, and 18-24 months of age
  • Hib
    • Given at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and 12-15 months of age
  • Polio
    • Given at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12-15 months, 18-24 months, and 4-6 years of age
  • MMR
    • Given at 12-15 months and 4-6 years of age
  • Varicella
    • Given at 12-15 month and 4-6 years of age
  • PCV
    • Given at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and 12-15 months of age
  • Hep A
    • Given at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12-15 months, 18-24 months, and 4-6 years of age
  • DTP, DT, DTAP
    • Given at 12-15 months and18-24 months of age
 
Where do you go to get your child vaccinated?

Usually your pediatrician will administer all vaccinations and answer any questions or concerns you may have.  Usually your pediatrician will administer all vaccinations and answer any questions or concerns you may have.  Visit Affinity Pediatrics for a list of our pediatricians and to make an appointment.  Keep your kids and those around them safe!