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Immunizations offered by your La Jolla, CA, pediatricians at Children's Clinic La Jolla, Drs. S. Daman Paul and Gretchen Gainor, help protect your child's health. These immunizations will prevent common childhood diseases and help your child avoid potentially serious health consequences.
When are immunizations needed?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that your child receive these vaccines as follows:
- Hepatitis B: First dose: at birth, second dose: 1 to 2 months, and third dose: 6 - 18 months.
- Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis: First dose: at birth, second dose: 4 months, third dose: 6 months, fourth dose: 15 to 18 months, fifth dose: between 4 to 6 years (Boosters are needed for Diptheria and tetanus every 10 years after the fifth dose.)
- Haemophilus Influenzae Type B: First dose: 2 months, second dose: 4 months, third dose: 6 months, fourth dose: 12 - 15 months (A third dose isn't needed with some vaccine types.)
- Rotavirus: First dose: 2 months, second dose: 4 months
- Polio: First dose: 2 months, second dose: 4 months, third dose: between 6 - 18 months, fourth dose: between 4 - 6 years
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella: First dose: 12 - 15 months, second dose: 4 - 6 years
- Pneumococcal Conjugate: First dose: 2 months, second dose: 4 months, third dose: 6 months, fourth dose: 12 to 15 months
- Hepatitis A: First dose: 12 - 23 months, second dose: six months later
- Varicella: First dose: 12 - 15 months, second dose: 4 - 6 years
- Meningococcal Conjugate: First dose: 11 - 12 years, second dose: 16 years
- Meningococcal B: Single dose at 16 to 18 years
- Human Papillomavirus: First dose: 11 - 12 years, second dose: 6 to 12 months later
- Influenza: Every year for children between 6 months and 18 years
Why is it important to follow the immunization schedule?
Vaccines prevent your child from becoming sick if they're exposed to the viruses that cause the diseases on this list. After your son or daughter receives an immunization, his or her body begins to produce antibodies. Antibodies are proteins that prevent illness by attacking and killing viruses as soon as they enter your child's body.
If your child isn't vaccinated or hasn't received immunizations at the recommended times at the La Jolla pediatric office, he or she may be at risk of becoming very sick if exposed to a virus. Immunizations help your child avoid illness and also protect children who are too young to receive vaccines or can't receive them due to health conditions.
Is your child due for an immunization? Call your pediatricians in La Jolla, CA, Drs. S. Daman Paul and Gretchen Gainor of Children's Clinic La Jolla, at (858) 459-5437 to schedule your appointment.