Infant Vaccinations Lakewood OH
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One of the best ways to protect your child is to ensure that she gets her baby vaccines at the proper times. Baby shots are given on a set schedule, and will protect your infant from a variety of childhood diseases and conditions. The diseases that these shots prevent are extremely serious, and can even be life-threatening to infants. So, what immunizations does your baby need to stay healthy? Here is a list of the necessary baby vaccines that your baby should receive after birth.
Chicken pox: A common childhood disease, it causes itchy spots and fever. It can also lead to bacterial infections.
Diphtheria: This disease affects the throat and airway. It causes a thick coating to form, and can interfere with breathing, and cause paralysis or death.
Haemophilus Influenzae (type B): One of the most serious childhood diseases, it causes meningitis and pneumonia. Meningitis is a brain and spinal cord infection that claims babies and children suddenly, and is difficult to treat.
Hepatitis A: It causes nausea, jaundice and diarrhea. It can also cause chronic problems with the liver.
Hepatitis B: A liver disease that can cause chronic disease or liver cancer.
Influenza: Most commonly known as the flu. This is unlikely to severely harm or kill your baby, but can lead to other complications like bronchitis and pneumonia. It can be serious in very small infants. Flu symptoms include runny nose, high fever, coughs, nausea and body aches.
Measles: This causes a skin rash, as well as a fever and cough. It can be dangerous and can lead to severe illness or even death.
Mumps: Mumps can be very dangerous as it can lead to meningitis. It causes swollen glands around the jaw and testicles, headache and fever.
Pneumoccocis: Causes ear and bloodstream infections, and can lead to pneumonia and death.
Polio: A dangerous disease with various symptoms: sore throat, stomach-ache, and stiffness. It can cause paralysis, or even death in some children.
Rubella: Causes a rash to appear on the body and face. A pregnant woman can miscarry, and in babies it can cause heart disease, brain damage, blindness and deafness.
Tetanus: Tetanus causes severe muscle spasms and lockjaw in patients. It can be fatal.
Rotavirus: Causes symptoms that are similar to flu, but diarrhea can last for up to a week. There is no antibiotic that is effective against rotavirus.
You can keep your baby's shots up-to-date by taking her to your local cli...
With so many infant vaccines that are necessary for your baby's health, it can be very difficult to keep track of them all. Did she get her rubella vaccine last month, or was that for hepatitis A? In some cases, there may be a shortage of vaccines in certain areas, so scheduled immunizations can be delayed. Although your baby's doctor can advise you on what shots are needed when, it's still up to you to make sure that your baby is up-to-date with her shots. Here is a basic schedule of when the required vaccines are needed:
Hepatitis B: At birth, one to two months of age, and between six and eighteen months.
Rotavirus: At two, four and six months of age.
Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (DtaP): At two, four and six months again, and again between fifteen and eighteen months and four to six years.
Haemophilus Influenza (HIB): This immunization is given at two, four, six, twelve, and fifteen and again between eighteen months and five years of age.
Pneumococcal (PCV): Your baby will receive a PCB vaccination at two, four and six months, sometime between twelve and fifteen months, and finally between two and six years.
Polio (IPV): Given at two and four months of age, between six and eighteen months, and four to six years.
Influenza: Once each year, beginning at six months, up until age six.
Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR): At twelve to fifteen months, and two to three years.
Varicella: A varicella shot is necessary at sometime between twelve and fifteen months, and also four to six years.
Hepatitis A: This immunization comes in two doses, given when your baby is between twelve and twenty-three months.
Meningitis: Meningitis shots are given once between the ages of two and six years of age, but usually only when your infant is considered high risk.
You can easily find immunization charts from your local clinic or health care provider. A schedule can help busy moms keep track of all of the necessary vaccines that...