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Childhood Immunizations

Immunizing your child is one of the most important things you can do as a parent or guardian to keep them safe and healthy.

Choosing to Immunize Your Child

The doctors in our practice know that vaccines, or immunizations, save lives. Immunizations prevent complications, disability, hospitalization and death from disease. The most common side effects after receiving vaccinations include low-grade fever and soreness at the site of the injection. At Allegro Pediatrics we use combination vaccines whenever possible to deliver vaccines safely, with fewer overall injections.

Scientific research consistently supports vaccine safety and effectiveness. This research has repeatedly shown that there is no established link between vaccines and children's chronic health issues. Due to the success of immunizations, there are significantly fewer cases of deadly disease than ever before. However, there are still tragic stories of children suffering severe effects or dying from vaccine-preventable infections.

Our doctors are commited to discussing vaccinations and preserving relationships with families who decline or alter the recommended vaccine schedule. However, we do ask that these families sign a Refusal To Vaccinate Form to acknowledge acceptance of responsibility and potential consequences of vaccine refusal.

Below are some Allegro-approved immunization resources that we suggest to parents for review. You can also speak with your doctor at any time, if you have questions about immunizations.

Reliable Immunization Resources for Parents

www.CISPImmunize.org - AAP’s Childhood Immunization Support Program (CISP) with information for parents and providers

Plain Talk about Childhood Immunizations - A comprehensive, readable resource published by Washington State Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Immunization Program - Information about vaccine safety, including a Parents’ Guide to Childhood Immunizations

Immunizations for Public Health (I4PH) - The latest scientific information on immunizations for the public, healthcare providers, policy makers, and the media

Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia - A member of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Vaccine Safety Net

Institute for Vaccine Safety, Johns Hopkins - Information to help guide decision makers and educate physicians, the public and the media about key issues surrounding the safety of vaccines

VaccinateYourBaby.org - Vaccinate Your Baby is a program of Every Child by Two, and serves as a central resource of vaccine information for parents.

 

Books:

  • Vaccines: What Every Parent Should Know by Drs. Paul Offit and Louis Bell
  • Vaccinating Your Child: Questions and Answers for the Concerned Parent by Dr. Sharon Humiston and Cynthia Good
  • Immunizations and Infectious Diseases: An Informed Parent’s Guide by Dr. Margaret Fisher
  • Do Vaccines Cause That? A Guide for Evaluating Vaccine Safety Concerns by Dr. Martin Myers and Diego Pineda
  • The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear by Seth Mnookin

Recommended Vaccine and Well Child Check-Up Schedule

Immunizations are an important part of routine check-ups, and the recommended vaccination schedule is coordinated with these visits. The vaccination schedule is based off of recommendations from the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Our doctors may consider adjustments in the vaccination schedule based their best clinical judgment for individual patients as needed.

Allegro Pediatrics participates in the Washington State Vaccine Association and the national Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program.  More information can be found on the Washington State Department of Health and Public Health Seattle & King County websites.

MyIR

Patient families can now access immunization records and print Certificates of Immunization Status for school and child care entry by registering with MyIR from the Washington State Department of Health.

 AGE

 RECOMMENDED VACCINES

 Birth

 Hepatitis B

 1 month

 Hepatitis B

 2 months

 DTaP-IPV-Hib, PCV, Rotavirus

 4 months

 DTaP-IPV-Hib, PCV, Rotavirus

 6 months

 DTaP-IPV-Hib, PCV, Rotavirus, Hepatitis B

 9 months

 Consider anemia screening

 12 months

 MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis A

 15 months

 DTaP, Hib, PCV

 18 months

 Hepatitis A

 2-3 years

 Catch-up vaccines

 4-5 years

 DTaP-IPV, MMR-Varicella

 11 years

 Tdap, MCV, HPV series

 16 years

 MCV

 All ages

 Review need for catch-up vaccines

 Influenza vaccine yearly, starting at 6 months old

Well Child Checks follow this recommended vaccine schedule and should take place every year after 2 years old.

 

DTaP      Diphtheria-Tetanus-acellular Pertussis

Hib         Haemophilus influenzae type b

IPV         Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine

PCV        Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine

MMR     Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine

Tdap      Adolescent Tetanus-Pertussis booster

HPV       Human Papillomavirus vaccine

MCV      Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine