Kids Need To Be Vaccinated.
Kids from birth to 12 years old are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases. That’s why it’s very important to protect them with the right immunizations. These immunizations will help prevent the spread of disease and protect them from major complications. Talk to your doctor about the right immunizations for your kid. Below is a list of diseases that your child should get vaccinated for and why you should do so.
Your child should get one varicella vaccine in-between the ages of 12-15 months. Chickenpox is very contagious and can spread easily from infected people. Its symptoms include an itchy rash, blisters, tiredness, headache, and fever.
Your child should receive the DTaP vaccine. Diphtheria is a very contagious bacterial disease that affects the respiratory system. It can be passed from person to person through a cough or sneeze. It can cause weakness, sore throat, low-grade fevers, and swollen glands in the neck. In severe cases the illness can cause coma, paralysis, and even death.
Your child should receive two HepA vaccines in-between their first and second birthday. Hepatitis A is an infection in the liver. Symptoms include fever, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal discomfort, dark urine, and jaundice.
Your child should receive one HepB vaccine in-between their first and second months, and another one in-between 6-18 months. Hepatitis B is an infection in the liver. The virus spreads from the exchange of blood and other bodily fluids. It causes flu-like symptoms with loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, rashes, joint pain, and jaundice. The virus stays in the liver of some people for the rest of their lives.
Your child should get one Hib vaccine in-between 12-15 months. Hib can spread through the air and direct contact. There may be no symptoms unless the bacteria enters the blood. It can cause meningitis, intellectual disability, blocking of the windpipe, pneumonia, and death.
Your child should receive the flu vaccine once a year. Influenza is a very contagious viral infection of the nose, throat, and lungs. The virus can spread quickly causing mild to severe illness. Symptoms include high fever, chills, cough, headache, runny nose, sore throat, and muscle and joint pain. In severe cases, influenza can lead to hospitalization or even death.
Your child should get one MMR vaccine in-between the ages of 12-15 months. Measles is one of the most contagious vaccine-preventable diseases. It is spread through the air. Symptoms include rash, fever, cough, and red watery eyes. Measles can also cause pneumonia, seizures, brain damage, or death.
Your child should get one MMR vaccine in-between the ages of 12-15 months. Mumps is an infectious disease that can spread by coughing or sneezing. A person can also become infected by coming into contact with a contaminated object, like a toy. Symptoms include fever, headaches, painful swelling of the salivary glands, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite.
Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
Your child should receive the DTaP vaccine. Pertussis is caused by bacteria spreading through coughing or sneezing. Early symptoms are similar to the common cold. After 1-2 weeks, it can cause spells of violent coughing and choking. Pertussis is most serious for babies who can die from the disease.
Your child should receive this PCV shot during the ages of 12-15 months and again during the ages of 7 and 12. Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that is caused by bacteria. This bacteria can cause ear infections, sinus infections, meningitis, and sepsis (blood stream infection). This disease can be fatal or result in long-term problems.
Your child should receive one IPV vaccine in-between the ages of 6-18 months. Polio can be spread through direct contact, and through the air. Its symptoms can be sore throat, fever, nausea, and headache. It can lead to paralysis and death.
Your child should receive the RV vaccine to prevent against rotavirus. Rotavirus is a virus that is spread through the mouth. It causes diarrhea, fever and vomiting.
Your child should get one MMR vaccine in-between the ages of 12-15 months. Rubella is a virus that is spread through coughing and sneezing. It causes a mild illness with fever, swollen glands and a rash. It can be very serious for babies in the womb.
Your child should receive the Tdap vaccine. Tetanus is when bacteria enters the body through a wound, such as a cut. When people get infected the bacteria produces a toxin that causes serious, painful spasms and stiffness of all muscles in the body. Complete recovery can take months. And 10-20% of the people who get tetanus die from the disease.