Vaccine Information Statements: (VIS's) are information sheets produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that explain to vaccine recipients, their parents, or their legal representatives both the benefits and risks of a vaccine.
Federal law requires that VIS's be reviewed before any vaccines are given.
Dr. Bob and Dr. Dan would like to particularly mention the following vaccines:
HPV Vaccine - HPV (Gardasil): we are offering the HPV to boys and girls 11 years and older.
Pneumococcal13 Vaccine (PCV13) a single additional dose of the new pneumococcal vaccine (PCV13) is now recommended for children ages 2-5 who have not yet received this newer vaccine.
Additional vaccines and other related information can be found on the CDC Vaccine Information Website.
There is a new Meningococcal B vaccine we are giving to seniors in high school that requires 2 doses, a month apart. The series should be completed before a child enters college. Current college students should call our office to get this new vaccine.
Most adolescents should have already received the Meningococcal vaccine that covered 4 of the 5 strains (A,C,W,Y) that can also cause a serious infection (11 yrs old and 16 yrs old). Meningococcal disease is a life-threatening illness caused by bacteria that infect the bloodstream (sepsis) and the lining that surrounds the brain and spinal cord (meningitis). N. meningitidis is a leading cause of bacterial meningitis.
The bacteria are transmitted from person to person through respiratory or throat secretions (e.g., by coughing, kissing, or sharing eating utensils). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 500 total cases of meningococcal disease were reported in the United States in 2012; of those cases, 160 were caused by serogroup B.
Recent outbreaks of serogroup B Meningococcal disease on a few college campuses have heightened concerns for this potentially deadly disease.
The AAP understands that parents may have concerns about vaccinating their children.
Vaccines are one of the most successful medical advances of all time. Vaccine safety is an issue of great importance to the AAP and to pediatricians, who support ongoing research and increased funding in this area. In addition, the AAP supports further research into the causes of autism.
The following information is to help parents and caregivers to understand some of the common issues and questions surrounding this topic.
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