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Why Are Vaccinations Needed?

Vaccines offered during visits to your Hobart, IN, pediatrician, Dr. Marc Connery of BYP Kids, help your children stay healthy. Vaccinations prevent many diseases that can cause chronic or lifelong health complications, like polio, measles and meningitis.

Why are vaccinations needed?

Vaccinations prevent your child from developing diseases or make the illness less severe. Immunizations also help protect babies who aren't old enough to receive vaccines yet and people who can't be vaccinated for health reasons. When the majority of people are immunized, diseases can't spread.

How is the vaccine schedule determined?

Timing is everything when it comes to vaccines. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends immunizations at crucial times in the development of your child's immune system. Providing the vaccines at these specific times offers the most benefit for your child.

When should my child receive vaccinations?

During your child's well-visits to the Hobart, IN, pediatrics office, your pediatrician will discuss the timing of immunizations with you. According to the AAP schedule, your son or daughter should get these vaccines as follows:

  • Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis: 2, 4 and 6 months. Your child will receive the fourth dose between 15 and 18 months and the fifth dose between 4 to 6 years.
  • Rotavirus: 2 and 4 months
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella: 12 to 15 months and 4 to 6 years
  • Hepatitis B: Birth, 1 to 2 months, then a final dose between 6 to 18 months
  • Polio: 2, 4 and 6 months. The fourth dose is given between 12 to 15 months.
  • Haemophilus influenza type B: 2 and 4 months, then a third dose between 12 to 15 months
  • Varicella: 12 to 15 months and 4 to 6 years
  • Hepatitis A: 12 to 23 months with a second dose six months later
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria and Acellular Pertussis: One dose at 11 to 12 years
  • Pneumococcal Conjugate: 2, 4 and 6 months with a final dose between 12 to 15 months
  • Meningococcal Conjugate: 11 to 12 years and a second dose at 16 years
  • Meningococcal B: 16 to 18 years
  • Human Papilloma Virus: 11 to 12 years with a second dose six months later
  • Influenza: Every year

Is your child due for a vaccination? Call your pediatrician in Hobart, IN, Dr. Connery of BYP Kids, at (219) 940-9605 to schedule your son or daughter's appointment.

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