April 16 – 23 is Infant Immunizations Week!
Throughout the week of April 16th to April 23rd, North County Health Services (NCHS) will be featuring Infant Immunizations Week, an entire week dedicated to providing awareness and services to infant immunizations. Providing immunizations for your infant is an important aspect of providing a healthy baseline for their childhood and beyond.
There are a number of diseases that can be prevented with simple vaccinations and North County Health Services wants to help the community by providing access to important vaccinations. Having your child vaccinated is an important part of their early months and years. Make sure to talk with a pediatrician to learn more about vaccinations and how they can help your child.
Types of Vaccinations
Immunizations will help to protect infants (children up to 2 years of age) from both minor and significant diseases. Below is a list of common vaccinations that may be suggested for your infant.
- Protection against Hepatitis B, a type of infection of the liver.
- Protection against the whooping cough, also known as diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis.
- Protection against Haemophilus Influenzae Type B, an infection that leads to bacterial meningitis.
- Protection against Pneumococcal Disease, which causes swelling and irritation of membranes covering the brain or spinal cord.
- Protection against Polio.
- Protection against Rotavirus, which causes diarrhea.
- Protection against the Flu. This type of vaccine is given annually to help combat seasonal changes in the flu.
- Protection against the German Measles, also known as Measles, Mumps and Rubella.
- Protection against Chickenpox.
- Protection against Hepatitis A, another type of liver disease.
Knowing When to Vaccinate
Infant vaccinations are spread out across the 24 month period to avoid administering too many vaccinations at one time. For example, your newborn will likely receive a HepB vaccination first, typically within the first 6 months after birth. Every couple of months, more vaccinations will be administered in order to boost the infant’s immune system against various diseases that would otherwise threaten their life.
For some families it can feel a little overwhelming to remember all the vaccinations and at what time they are administered. At North County Health Services, your pediatrician will be able to remind you about upcoming vaccinations and keep your infant on track for staying healthy and warding off unwanted diseases.
Some schools will require certain vaccinations to be administered before a child is accepted into the school. Ask your pediatrician or the school you want to enroll your child in for required vaccinations.
Do you have an infant that needs vaccinations? Are you expecting a child and don’t know where to begin when it comes to vaccinations? Contact us at North County Health Services a call at (760) 736-6767 to learn more about vaccinations or to schedule an appointment for your infant. Don’t delay on getting life-saving vaccinations for your child.
At North County Health Services, we’re here for you.