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The CDC is your go-to for all accurate and updated information regarding childhood vaccines. They offer a variety of charts for kids 18 years old and younger that can easily help you determine what vaccines your child needs to get and at what age. Of course, your pediatrician also knows exactly what vaccines your kids need when they visit the office, so these charts are just for you to stay in the know. Of course, if you have any questions about upcoming vaccines for your child, don’t hesitate to talk with their pediatrician.
- Hepatitis A & B
- DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough)
- Hib (meningitis, epiglottitis, and pneumonia)
- Meningococcal (for bacterial meningitis)
- MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella)
- Pneumococcal (pneumonia, ear infections, and meningitis)
- Varicella (chickenpox)
We understand that some parents may be on the fence about vaccines. In fact, this is a common concern that pediatricians hear, and it’s best to talk with your child’s doctor who is well-informed about childhood immunizations. There is a lot of misinformation out there and it can lead parents to avoid certain vaccines that could put their child at risk for more serious health problems. While some immunizations can cause minor side effects these are so minor compared to the repercussions of not having your child vaccinated.
As your child grows up, it’s important to do everything you can to keep them healthy and strong. Immunizations are a large part of helping your child stay healthy and can help save on healthcare costs in the long run. Dr. Alexandra Kostur and Dr. Roman Criollo at Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics in Jacksonville, FL, can help explain why immunizations are important for the wellbeing of your child and which vaccines your child needs.
How Immunizations Can Keep Your Child Healthy
Immunizations are an important way to keep your child healthy and protect them against diseases that may cause long-term issues in your child’s life. Immunizations are administered by your pediatrician in Jacksonville, FL, are one of the safest ways to prevent disease.
When your child is born, they will receive their first dose of the vaccine that prevents Hepatitis B and after that, you should expect that you’ll be visiting your child’s doctor every few months until the age of 6. After age 6, the schedule will begin to slow down, and their doctor will be able to give you an exact timeline of when your child will need to come in for their next immunization. You should also encourage your child to receive a flu shot yearly, even after they turn 18, to help prevent the flu and help keep them healthy for years to come.
Common diseases that immunizations can help prevent are:
- Hepatitis B
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
- Hepatitis A
Contact Your Pediatrician Today!
Help protect your child from disease and keep them healthy for years by making sure to keep your child on schedule with their immunizations right from birth. Contact Dr. Alexandra Kostur and Dr. Roman Criollo at Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics in Jacksonville, FL, today at (904) 446-9991 to learn more about immunizations and why they’re important to keep your child healthy!
- Apply pressure to the cut for five minutes. If it’s still bleeding after five minutes, it probably needs stitches
- The cut is more than ½-inch deep or longer
- The cut is around their eye
- The cut is on their face or neck and is longer than ¼ inch
- The cut is gaping open
- There is an object sticking out of it, including debris or glass
- The cut is spurting blood
When should I call the pediatrician?
If in doubt about whether or not your child may need stitches, call your pediatrician. With the introduction of telehealth visits, many pediatricians can now look at images of the injury or wound through a simple online appointment and determine whether the child or teen needs to come in for stitches. While the warning signs above are telltale indicators that your child may need stitches, even if the cut doesn’t need stitches, you should still see the doctor if:
- The cut was made by a rusty or metal object
- There is redness, swelling, pus, or other signs of infection
- The child has been bitten by an animal
- The cut hasn’t healed within 10 days
- There is still severe pain after a few hours
If you still aren’t sure whether or not your child should get stitches, it doesn’t hurt to give your pediatrician a call. Let us know the symptoms your child is experiencing, and we can determine if their injury requires a closer look from our team. Call us today; we can deal with your child’s urgent medical matters.
While tetanus can cause some serious symptoms including “lockjaw," it is completely preventable with a vaccination. The DTaP vaccine is used to prevent tetanus (along with diphtheria and pertussis) and your child will get their first series of shots at 2, 4, and 6 months. Your child will also need another tetanus shot between the ages of 15 to 18 months old and between 4-6 years old.
Most children will develop symptoms within two weeks of exposure to the bacteria. Symptoms of tetanus include,
- Painful and severe muscle spasms
- Shoulder, jaw, and neck stiffness
- Difficulty breathing and swallowing
- Rapid heart rate