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Q&A - Kids and Immunizations


Anne Schneider, DO, Family Medicine, Edward Medical Group
When should I immunize my kids?

“Immunizations help protect infants, children and adults against many infections that used to be much more common,” said Anne Schneider, DO, a Family Medicine physician with Edward Medical Group. “Many of these infections, such as whooping cough and meningitis, can cause serious or life-threatening illnesses. Deciding not to immunize yourself or a child puts both of you at risk for serious infections.”

Dr. Schneider suggests keeping your children current on their vaccinations to help protect your community and schools from outbreaks of disease.

Newborns through age 6:

  • DTaP: protects against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough)
  • HepB: protects against hepatitis B
  • RV: protects against rotavirus
  • Hib: protects against Haemophilus influenzae type b
  • PCV: protects against pneumococcus
  • IPV: protects against polio
  • MMR: combines protection against measles, mumps, and rubella
  • Varicella: protects against chickenpox
  • HepA: protects against hepatitis A

Age 7 to 18:

TDaP: Preteens and teens need a booster for the DTaP vaccine received in childhood. 

MCV4:  The meningococcal conjugate vaccine protects against some of the bacteria that cause meningococcal disease, such as meningitis or sepsis (bloodstream infection). MCV4 is recommended for all preteens at age 11 or 12. A booster shot is recommended for teens at age 16 to continue protection when their risk for meningococcal disease is highest. If a teenager missed getting the vaccine altogether, they should ask the doctor about getting it before moving into a college dorm or military barracks.

 HPV: protects against Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and the diseases that are caused by HPV. HPV vaccination is recommended for preteen girls and boys at age 11 or 12 years. Preteens and teens should get all 3 doses of an HPV vaccine long before their first sexual contact.

All ages:

  • Flu: Everyone 6 months of age and older should get an annual flu vaccine in the fall or as soon as it is available each year.

Dr. Schneider is a board certified family medicine physician who provides primary care services for infants through seniors in Edward Medical Group’s Family Practice office at 828 Bay Scott Circle, Suite 112 in Naperville. To schedule an appointment, call (630) 420-1500. For more information visit http://www.edwardmedicalgroup.org



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