5 Vaccines That Are Crucial for Your Childs Health

22 April 2019 Medoozle Staff
Young woman pediatrician performs a vaccination of a little girl. The girl is holding a mascot.

Childhood vaccinations can be overwhelming, especially if you’re a new parent. Immunization shots are important to keep your child safe from diseases that are deadly, such as polio, chickenpox, tetanus, measles and several other diseases; vaccines are needed since babies and young children have a weaker immune system and are at an increased risk to catch mentioned diseases.

In this article, we discuss the five essential vaccines that are are important for your child’s overall well being.

Polio

Poliomyelitis, more commonly known as polio, is a serious and deadly condition caused by the poliovirus. This illness spreads from person to person and can cause paralysis. Although there’s no cure for it, vaccines can help prevent it.

When?

The dose schedule varies from child to child. However, the vaccine is usually administered to children at these ages:

- 2 months
- 4 months
- Between 6 to 18 months
- Between 4 to 6 years of age

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is one of the most contagious infections caused by HBV (the hepatitis B virus).

When?

This vaccine needs to be administered to children in three doses. The first dose can be taken according to your preference, but doctors recommend that children should get the vaccine at birth. The second dose should be taken a month later and the third dose must be taken six months later.

Most schools require proof of vaccination for admittance, so we’d recommend completing all the doses for your child between the ages of 6 to 18 months.

DTaP Vaccine

The DTaP vaccine is short for Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (whooping cough). All three illnesses are deadly and are caused by bacteria.

When?

Doctors recommend that people of all ages should receive their tetanus shot. However, DTaP needs to be given to children when they’re under the age of 7.

The vaccination must be given to children at the following ages:

- 2 months
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 15 to 18 months

Additionally, a booster is recommended for children between the ages of 4 to 6 years old.

MMR

The MMR vaccine helps prevent Measles, Mumps and Rubella. All three illness cause serious health issues and can lead to other, more dangerous illnesses.

When?

These are the recommended ages to get the MMR vaccine:

- First dose: Between 12 to 15 months of age
- Second dose: Between 4 to 6 years of age

The doses must be administered 28 days apart.

Varicella

The Varicella vaccine protects against chickenpox. While thought to be a benign disease, chickenpox is actually quite dangerous and this vaccine is very important for your child’s safety. Chickenpox can lead to diseases like pneumonia, encephalitis and bacterial infections of the skin.

When?

Two doses are necessary at the following ages:

- First dose: Between 12 - 15 months of age
- Second dose: Between 4 to 6 years of age

Some of these vaccines have mild side effects that include headaches, nausea and fatigue. If your child experiences an allergic reaction to any of the mentioned vaccines or experiences any serious side effects, we’d advise you to follow up with your doctor immediately.

Covering your child’s vaccinations can also protect the community since most of
these diseases are contagious. For detailed information about vaccination and your child’s well being, we’d recommend talking to your doctor and gathering all the necessary information.

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