Keeping your child healthy, comfortable and happy is a fulltime job for all parents. From getting them ready for school, helping them through their school years and keeping them at their best health through each year can be a lot of work.

An area of health that should always be on the minds of growing families is the use of immunizations for children, the introduction of various vaccines to help make a child immune or resistant to certain diseases (some of which can be life threatening).

Keeping your child well protected with child immunizations can be the difference between a healthy and an unhealthy lifestyle.  As a reminder, it is now California law for all children to be vaccinated before entering school.  If you have not vaccinated your child, give us a call at North County Health Services or talk to your healthcare professional today to learn more.

Immunizations for Children

Immunization Schedule

The child Immunization Schedule is designed to provide parents with the information to help them choose from the near limitless amount of vaccines and health options available to them and their children. The Immunization Schedule is designed to focus on providing insight on the most important child immunizations that should be administered throughout each stage of the child’s life up to adulthood.

Below you’ll find an overview of the various vaccines that should be taken at different stages of a child’s life. Always consult with your local health care professional to understand exactly which immunizations for children are needed within your family.

Hepatitis B (HepB)

  • Birth, 1 – 2 months, 6 months

Rotavirus (RV)

  • 2 months, 4 months (2-dose series)

Diphtheria, tetanus, & acellular pertussis (DTaP: <7 yrs)

  • 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12-15 months, 4 – 6 years

Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)

  • 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12 – 15 months

Pneumococcal conjugate (PCV13)

  • 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12 – 15 months

Inactivated poliovirus (IPV:<18 yrs)

  • 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12 – 15 months, 4 – 6 years

Influenza (IIV)

  • Annual vaccination in 1 or 2 doses between 6 months – 8 years, and annual dose between 9 – 18 years

Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)

  • 12 – 15 months, 4 – 6 years

Varicella (VAR)

  • 12 – 15 months, 4 – 6 years

Hepatitis A (HepA)

  • 2 dose series between 12 – 15 months, 18 – 24 months (2-dose series)

Meningococcal (MCV4)

  • 11 – 12 years, booster at 16 – 18 years

Meningococcal (MenB)

  • 16-18 years, 1-2 months after (2-dose series)

Tetanus, diphtheria, & acellular pertussis (Tdap: ≥7 yrs)

  • Tdap vaccine at 10 – 12 years

Human papillomavirus

  • 3 dose series beginning at 11 – 12 years

Make sure to consult with your pediatrician about the vaccinations that your child may need. Some vaccines have special conditions and scenarios that may apply to certain children.

Get your children vaccinated today! North County Health Services provides immunizations for children of all ages, from the annual flu shot to standard childhood and teen vaccines.  Our network of healthcare providers can provide your family with the pediatric care you need to help your family stay healthy. Give us a call today to learn more about immunizations, pediatric care and everything else you need to know about keeping your children safe and healthy.

NCHS Locations with Pediatric Care Available

Visit one of our locations today!

  • Perris: Adult Medicine and Pediatric Care
  • San Marcos: Adult Medicine, Behavioral Health, Dental, Lab and X-Ray, Pediatric Care, Pharmacy and Women’s Health
  • Ramona: Adult Medicine, Pediatric Care, Dental Care and Women’s Health
  • Mission Mesa: Specialization for Pediatric Care
  • Oceanside: Adult Medicine, Pediatric Care and Pharmacy
  • La Mision: Adult Medicine and Pediatric Care
  • Encinitas: Adult Medicine, Pediatric Care and Women’s Health
  • Carlsbad: Adult Medicine and Pediatric Care

 

Tips for a Stress-Free Immunization Visit

It should be no surprise that most children don’t look forward to a doctor’s visit when it involves needles and injections. It doesn’t matter if it’s for their health, if they had the choice they would probably choose not to get a shot if they could help it! As you’re scheduling your immunizations for children in your family, consider these helpful tips:

Read Vaccine Materials

Prior to your visit, you’ll want to sit down and read any educational information that your healthcare professional has provided you with about child immunizations. This is a great chance to get more familiar with the immunization process and what to expect. In addition, use this opportunity to write down any questions that you might have so that you can ask your healthcare professional during your next visit.

Bring Your Child’s Immunization Record

By finding the record of your child’s immunizations will help to inform your healthcare professional about the immunizations your child has already taken and where they are on the immunization schedule.

Pack Favorite “Comfort Items”

Pack along a few of your child’s favorite toys, books, blankets or other “comforting” items that will help them during the immunization process. Getting a flu shot or other kind of vaccination is not usually a pleasant experience for a child when they are young, but having a few favorite items present can help to ease them into the visit.

Keep Young Children Occupied

Sometimes a child’s fears can get worked up when there’s silence or they have the chance to unintentionally think about how “bad” the immunizations for children are going to be. While you’re waiting, and during the process, help to keep their focus occupied on other things, such as interesting details about the room, reading stories to them, support them, and/or keep them busy with their toys.

Be Honest with Your Children

In some cases, being upfront about the immunization process can help children ease into the process. Typically for older children, telling them that the immunizations for children may sting can help them prepare them for the process. Remember to be uplifting and supportive about the process; remind them that the pain doesn’t last long, that the child immunizations keep them healthy (so that they can keep enjoying their favorite hobbies), and so on.

Keep an Eye on Your Child After Shots

After the vaccination, it’s important to pay extra attention to your child. Immediately after the shot, some children may faint. Other mild reactions can occur from a vaccination, but is often temporary. If you notice anything unusual after the vaccination, it’s better to call your healthcare professional about it immediately. You don’t want to assume that something concerning is going to go away, only to find out it’s something more serious.

Contact us today at North County Health Services to learn more about vaccinations, the child immunization schedule, to schedule an appointment, and more. We handle all of the major child vaccinations from the TDAP vaccine to the MMR vaccine to pneumonia vaccine and many more. We want your child to be as healthy as possible.

Give us a call to get started or to get your questions answered!

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