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Vaccines

East Suburban Pediatrics strongly believes that proper immunization is essential to the well being of our children. We follow the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics. We strive to provide the best possible care for all of our patients and ask that those parents who do no wish to follow the AAP recommendations contact us in advance of their visit to discuss their concerns. Please see our Vaccine Policy Statement for more information.
Vaccine Schedule

BIRTH
Hepatitis B [given in hospital]

2 MONTHS (at least 6 weeks old)
Pentacel (DTaP-IPV-HIB)
Pneumococcal
Hepatitis B
Rotateq

4 MONTHS
Pentacel (DTaP-IPV-HIB)
Pneumococcal
Rotateq

6 MONTHS
Pentacel (DTaP-IPV-HIB)
Pneumococcal
Rotateq

9 MONTHS
Hepatitis B

12 MONTHS
MMR
Varicella
Hepatitis A

15 MONTHS
Pentacel (DTaP-IPV-HIB)
Pneumococcal

18 MONTHS
Hepatitis A

4 YEARS
DTAP
IPV

5 YEARS
MMR
Varicella

11-12 YEARS
Meningitis
Tdap
HPV Series

16-18 YEARS
Meningitis

YEARLY
Flu Vaccines [over 6 months]
Information about Vaccine Preventable Diseases

Diphtheria is a bacterial respiratory disease that can cause serious complications such as heart failure, respiratory distress and paralysis.

Tetanus (Lockjaw) is a bacteria that enters the skin usually through puncture wounds and causes muscle spasms in the legs, arms, stomach, and especially the jaw.

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) is a disease that causes severe coughing and respiratory distress.

Polio is a virus that causes muscle spasm and can lead to paralysis.

Pneumococcus is a bacteria that can cause meningitis and severe blood infections.

Rotavirus is one of the most serious causes of diarrhea in babies and young children and can lead to severe dehydration.

Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) is a bacteria that can cause meningitis, pneumonia or severe swelling of the throat.

Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver that can cause liver failure and death.

Hepatitis A is is a food-borne viral illness that causes fever, vomiting, abdominal pain and jaundice.

Measles is a virus which causes a rash and cold symptoms but can lead to encephalitis, deafness, and mental retardation.

Mumps is a virus that causes swelling of the cheeks and can lead to meningitis or encephalitis.

Rubella (German Measles) is a virus that causes a benign rash but can cause severe birth defects in affected pregnant women.

Varicella (Chicken Pox) is a virus which causes an itchy rash and led to over 100 deaths annually prior to the vaccination.

Meningococcus is a rapidly spreading bacteria that causes meningitis, pneumonia, blood infections and death.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the U.S. and is responsible for most cases of cervical cancer and genital warts.

Influenza is a respiratory virus causing fever, muscles aches, and headaches. It can lead to pneumonia and dehydration
Frequently Asked Questions

How do vaccines work?
Vaccines are a small purified fragment taken from killed or inactivated bacteria or viruses. They stimulate the body's immune system to develop resistance to the disease without actually getting the disease.

Are vaccines safe?
Although no medication is 100% safe, vaccines are thoroughly tested and regulated by the FDA. Serious side effects are extremely rare. Meanwhile the benefits of vaccines are tremendous. Before vaccine polio paralyzed up to 20,000 people, rubella caused 20,000 birth defects and pertussis killed 9,000 children annually.

Do combination vaccines overload the immune system?
No. Combinations allow children to be safely vaccinated with fewer injections.

Can vaccinations cause autism?
Several published studies have shown no relationship between vaccinations and autism.

What about Mercury in vaccines?
East Suburban Pediatrics uses vaccines that contain no mercury or thimerosal (a mercury based preservative.)
For more information about vaccines click on the links below:

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CDC Immunization Site
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CHOP's Vaccine Education Center
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AAP Immunization Site
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National Network for Immunization Information