We now have the Flu Vaccine available.
Our practice follows the childhood immunization guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) http://www.aap.org/ and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/acip/default.htm. There has been a great deal of information misconstrued by the media lately, which has left many parents confused and scared. It is important to be sure that the information you read is based on reliable medical research.
Our standard vaccine schedule is available here (link to “Schedule of visits”) and correlates with your child’s check up appointments. We use combination vaccines to decrease the number of actual shots your child receives at each visit. For example, Pediarix® is a combination vaccine that includes protection against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP), Hepatitis B, and Polio.
Alternative Vaccine Schedules:
We strongly encourage parents to immunize their child. If you would like to spread the vaccines out or would like an alternative vaccine schedule this can be discussed with your pediatric provider. Please realize that this often results in more actual shots and more office visits.
MMR and Autism:
One of the biggest myths and greatest concerns amongst parents is that there is a correlation between the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR) and the development of Autism. Scientific research has repeatedly debunked this claim over the past ten years. Most recently, on February 12, 2009 the U.S. Court of Federal Claims found the scientific evidence is “overwhelmingly contrary” to the theory that measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and the vaccine preservative thimerosal is linked to autism. Click here to read more https://healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/immunizations/Pages/Vaccine-Studies-Examine-the-Evidence.aspx