Download the recommended immunization schedule for your child.
1) Back-to-school season is just around the corner!
We want to help you and your child prepare to have the best school year yet! That is why we are reminding you that you can now schedule school physicals and a dental exam for your children. Scheduling your child’s exam today means you have one less thing to worry about! School physicals are done at all GEFCC Health Centers. Click here to find a location near you. Dental exams are done at Seneca Health Center & Dental Clinic in Elgin.
Don’t forget to immunize!
Ensuring your child is up to date on their immunizations is critical to protecting them against dangerous childhood diseases. Having a physical with immunizations is important to provide an overall assessment of your child’s health. According to the National Immunization Program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), here are 10 important things you need to know about immunizations for you child:
1) Why your child should be immunized
2) Diseases that childhood vaccines prevent
- Hepatitis A Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib disease – a major cause of bacterial meningitis)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Human Papillomavirus (Cervarix© brand)
- Human Papillomavirus (Gardasil© brand)
- Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
- Pneumococcal (causes bacterial meningitis and blood infections)
- Rubella (German Measles)
- Tetanus (Lockjaw)
- Varicella (Chickenpox)
3) Number of doses your child needs
- 4 doses of diphtheria, tetanus & pertussis vaccine (DTaP)
- 3-4 doses of Hib vaccine (depending on the brand used)
- 4 doses of pneumococcal vaccine
- 3 doses of polio vaccine
- 2 doses of hepatitis A vaccine
- 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine
- 1 dose of measles, mumps & rubella vaccine (MMR)
- 2-3 doses of rotavirus vaccine (depending on the brand used)
- 1 dose of varicella vaccine
- 2-3 doses of influenza vaccine (6 months and older) (number of doses depends on child’s birthday)
Recommended doses can also be viewed in chart form. And, concerns about multiple vaccines given in one visit are addressed.