Immunizations

DpaT – DIPHTHERIA, TETANUS (LOCKJAW), PERTUSSIS (WHOOPING COUGH)

DIPHTHERIA is a thick mucus in the back of your throat which can cause breathing problems. Some complications of this illness are heart failure, paralysis, and even death.

TETANUS also known as LOCKJAW can enter your body through a cut. It can prevent a person from opening their mouth. It also can cause other muscle spasms and stiffness as well as seizures and death.

PERTUSSIS also known as WHOOPING COUGH is an illness that causes coughing spells that can lead to breathing problems. Some of the complications of PERTUSSIS are pneumonia, brain damage, seizures and even death.

The DPaT shot is usually given at 2 months, 4 months, and 6 months. Then the child should receive 2 booster shots somewhere between 15 – 18 months and 4-6 years of age. Children must get a booster shot (Td) around the age of twelve. Every 10 years after that they recommend you get a TETNUS booster.

The common side effects of this shot are loss of appetite and fussiness. Some children will run a fever. The risk of seizures usually occur in a child whose fever is 104 degrees or higher. The high fever is usually what causes the seizure. If a sibling has had a seizure they used to recommend that the child not get the DPaT but today researchers disagree because studies have proven that the seizures were usually caused by the fever rather than the shot itself.

MMR – MEASLES, MUMPS, RUBELLA (GERMAN MEASLES, 3 DAY MEASLES)

MEASLES is an infectious disease that can have serious complications. It is estimated that 1 million unvaccinated people around the world die every year. The most common complications are flu like symptoms, rash, ear infections and pneumonia. Some other complications include deafness, seizures and encephalitis.

MUMPS is swelling of the cheeks and jaw. It is spread through the air. Some complications include deafness, meningitis, and encephalitis.

RUBELLA also known as GERMAN MEASLES and 3 DAY MEASLES is a virus that causes a fever and a rash. If exposed a pregnant women that has not been vaccinated carries the risk for miscarriage or of having a baby born with CONGENITAL RUBELLA SYNDROME (CRS). Complications of this can be birth defects such as deafness, blindness or heart defects. It is very important for a pregnant woman to talk with her doctor if she has never had the disease or been vaccinated in the past. This vaccine is usually given between the ages of 12-15 months of age and between 4-6 years of age.

IVP – INACTIVATED POLIO VACCINE

POLIOMYELITIS also known as POLIO causes paralysis of muscles including the muscles you breathe with. Some complications are permanent damage to muscles or death. They used to give the oral form of the vaccine to children but they now recommend the IPV. It is usually given at 2 months, 4 months, between the ages of 6-18 months and 4-6 years of age.

HIB – HAEMOPHILUS INFLUENZAE TYPE b

HAEMOPHILUS INFLUENZAE TYPE b is spread by coughing and sneezing. Some complications include infection of the joints, pneumonia, brain damage, meningitis and even death.

Usually tree or four shots are given at ages 2 months, 4 months, 6 months and between 12-15 months of age.

HEP B -

HEP B is also known as HEPATITIS B can cause joint and muscle pain. Vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite can also be a common complication. Some more serious complications can include cirrhosis, liver cancer and death.

The vaccine is usually given between the ages of birth-2 months, and approx. one month later between the ages of 1-4 months, and between the ages of 6-18 months of age.

VARICELLA -

VARICELLA also known as CHICKEN POX is a contagious disease that usually causes a fever and a rash. Some more serious complications can include encephalitis and death. The vaccine is usually given between the ages of 12-18 months.

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