Immunizations & Vaccines
Drs. Fox and Fields follows the immunization schedule recommended and designed by the CDC. We highly recommend healthy children receive their immunizations on this schedule to prevent highly contagious and life-altering illnesses. If you have any questions or concerns we recommend visiting the CDC Vaccines and Immunizations website, where you can find detailed discussions of recommendations, safety, and laws involving childhood immunization as well as vaccine recommendation for individuals traveling out of country, or feel free to discuss your concerns with your Pediatric Provider during your next well visit.
Immunization Schedule by Well-visitAt Birth:Hep B 2 Month Visit: Hep B, DTaP, Hib, IPV, PCV, Rotavirus 4 Month Visit: Hep B, DTaP, Hib, IPV, PCV, Rotavirus 6 Month Visit: DTaP, Hib, IPV, PCV, Rotavirus* 12 Month Visit: MMR, Varicella, Hep A 15 Month Visit: DTaP, Hib, PCV 18 Month Visit: Hep A 4-6 Year Visit: DTaP, IPV, MMR, Varicella 11-12 Year Visit: Tdap, Meningococcal, HPV
Yearly: Influenza Vaccine
Hep B: Hepatitis B is a serious disease caused by a virus that attacks the liver. The virus, which is called hepatitis B virus, can cause lifelong infection, cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, liver cancer, liver failure, and death. (3 doses)
DTaP:Is a combination vaccine that covers Diphtheria, Pertussis, and Tetanus.(5 doses) Diphtheria causes a thick covering in the back of the throat. It can lead to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure, and even death. Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection. Although it initially resembles an ordinary cold, whooping cough may eventually turn more serious, particularly in infants. Whooping cough is most contagious before the coughing starts. Tetanus, also known as lockjaw, is a serious disease that causes painful tightening of the muscles, usually all over the body. It can lead to "locking" of the jaw so the victim cannot open his mouth or swallow. Tetanus leads to death in about 1 in 10 cases.
Hib: Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine prevents meningitis, pneumonia, epiglottitis, and other serious infections caused by a type of bacteria called Haemophilus influenzae type b.(4 doses)
IPV: Polio is an infectious disease caused by a virus that lives in the throat and intestinal tract. It is most often spread through person-to-person contact with the stool of an infected person and may also be spread through oral/nasal secretions. Most people infected with the polio virus have no symptoms; however, for the less than 1% who develop paralysis it may result in permanent disability and even death.(4 doses)
PCV: Pneumococcal disease is an infection caused by a type of bacteria called Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus). There are different types of pneumococcal disease, such as pneumococcal pneumonia, bacteremia, meningitis, and otitis media. Pneumococcal disease can be fatal. In some cases, it can result in long-term problems, like brain damage, hearing loss, and limb loss. (4 doses)
Rotavirus: Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe acute gastroenteritis (vomiting and severe diarrhea) among children worldwide.(2 doses)
MMR: Is a combination vaccine that covers Measles, Mumps, and Rubella. (2 dose) Measles is the most deadly of all childhood rash/fever illnesses. The disease spreads very easily, so it is important to protect against infection. Mumps is a contagious disease that is caused by the mumps virus. Mumps typically starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite, and is followed by swelling of salivary glands. Rubella is contagious and acute viral disease that causes fever and rash. While moderately dangerous for children, especially small children, Rubella is also responsible for birth defects if acquired by a pregnant woman including, deafness, cataracts, heart defects, mental retardation, and liver and spleen damage.
Varicella: Chickenpox vaccine is the best way to prevent chickenpox. Vaccination not only protects vaccinated persons, it also reduces the risk for exposure in the community for persons unable to be vaccinated because of illness or other conditions, including those who may be at greater risk for severe disease. While no vaccine is 100% effective in preventing disease, the chickenpox vaccine is very effective: about 8 to 9 of every 10 people who are vaccinated are completely protected from chickenpox. In addition, the vaccine almost always prevents against severe disease. If a vaccinated person does get chickenpox, it is usually a very mild case lasting only a few days and involving fewer skin lesions (usually less than 50), mild or no fever, and few other symptoms.(2 dose)
Hep A: Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). Hepatitis A can affect anyone. (2 dose)
Tdap: The Pertussis, Tetanus, and Diphtheria booster vaccine for adolescents and adults.(every 10 years after single dose during 11-12 year visit)
Meningococcal: Meningococcal vaccines protect against most types of meningococcal disease, although they do not prevent all cases. Meningitis infection is characterized by a sudden onset of fever, headache, and stiff neck. It is often accompanied by other symptoms, such as, nausea, vomiting, photophobia (sensitivity to light), and altered mental status. (1 dose)
HPV: Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a common virus that is spread through sexual contact. Most of the time HPV has no symptoms so people do not know they have it. There are approximately 40 types of genital HPV. Somes types can cause cervical cancer in women and can also cause other kinds of cancer in both men and women. Other types can cause genital warts in both males and females. The HPV vaccine works by preventing the most common types of HPV that cause cervical cancer and genital warts. (3 doses)
Influenza: for more information about the flu vaccine visit our flu page
Vaccine descriptions courtesy of the CDC