Recommended Vaccines for Children

Recommended Vaccines for ChildrenWe all know that in order to prevent serious illnesses from affecting our children, we must take certain steps, like buying a good infrared baby thermometer(http://www.amazon.com/Infrared-Thermometer-Non-Contact-Forehead-Pediatric/dp/B015W3OX2U) and taking them to the doctor at predetermined periods for vaccination. Parents need to know when it’s the best moment for such a shot and against which disease their child will be protected.
In this article, parents can find information regarding the immunization schedule for children aged 0–6 years and the diseases their children will be protected from.
At birth, your child will receive the first shot of the HBV vaccine. HBV refers to the hepatitis B virus which infects the liver and, during adulthood, can cause liver cancer and death. The vaccine against this virus consists of 3 shots. The first shot is given at birth, the second between 1 and 2 months, and the third between 6 to 18 months. It’s important not to skip any of the follow-up shots or else the previous vaccination will be ineffective.
Another important vaccine is the DTaP vaccine, which is good against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis. Diphtheria attacks the heart and the throat causing heart failure and death; tetanus causes muscle spasms and finally death; pertussis is responsible for severe coughing and can lead to pneumonia, convulsions, and brain lesions.
The DTaP vaccine must be taken in 5 shots: the first during month 2, the second in month 4, then month 6, month 15, and between year 4 and 6.
At month 2, month 4, and month 6, your child will be given the Hib vaccine, which will keep them safe from Haemophilus influenza type b. Hib can cause pneumonia, meningitis, and throat infections that can lead to choking. Sometimes, the Hib vaccine can be given together with the HBV vaccine in the same shot.
Another vaccine given at month 2, 4, 6, and 12 is the PCV (the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine). PCV will protect your child against severe ear infections and meningitis.
The IPV (inactivated poliovirus vaccine) is made for preventing polio, a serious illness that causes pain in the muscles and limb paralysis. It can also lead to death. The vaccine is given in 4 shots, at 2, 4, and 10 months and the last shot between 4 and 6 years.
The vaccine against influenza can be given to our little ones after month 6 and must be given every year to protect them from getting the flu.
The MMR vaccine is against Measles, Mumps, and Rubella, and is given in 2 shots at month 12 and between 4 and 6 years.
The Varicella vaccine is made against chickenpox and can be given to children after they’re 12 months old. This vaccine can also be given at any time to those who have never been vaccinated against chickenpox.
Finally, the MPSV4 vaccine created for preventing meningitis caused by 4 strains of the bacteria called Meningitidis.
There are vaccinations that can cause the child to have a fever. It’s important to monitor your child’s temperature after vaccination shots. Pediatricians recommend the use of a forehead thermometer because it gives accurate results comparable to rectal thermometers. Forehead thermometers are easy to use because they use infrared to scan the temperature of the temporal artery on the forehead without touching the child. It also gives quick results with just a click of a button. They’re mother-approved because they’re safe for children to use.

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