The immunizations we give your child during their well check ups are one of the most important ways we can provide your child with a defense against many of the serious pediatric diseases.
Our immunization schedule is based on recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center for Disease Control. Many of the vaccines have age ranges for which they are recommended, therefore, you might notice slight variances in the vaccine schedule adopted by different pediatric practices for each age checkup. At each checkup we have designated vaccines your child should receive, however, there may be some changes if he/she has fallen behind in the schedule or missed some of their checkups. Most of the primary series of vaccines are completed by 18 months of age and the boosters are given at age 4-5 years. If new vaccines are developed or new recommendations are made on existing vaccines, then we will begin doing "catch-up" vaccinations on older children who have not already received the newly recommended vaccine.
Below is a list of the vaccines currently used in our office and the diseases they protect against. At each check up we will provide you with specific information from the CDC (Center for Disease Control) about each vaccine your child will be receiving that day. We encourage you to view those vaccine information sheets (VIS) prior to your visit by going to www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/index.html
We as the physicians of Tuscaloosa Pediatrics P.C. are strong advocates of the benefits of immunization and encourage you to keep all your regularly scheduled checkups and receive the immunizations as recommended by the Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC. If you have questions always feel free to ask your doctor but please also click on the link below where we have provided you with a list of reliable resources on the web concerning immunizations.