Getting your children their immunization shots is one of the best decisions you will ever make about their health and safety. Vaccinations are a vital component of preventive medicine, and it is a requirement for kids before being admitted to their school.
Immunizations not only protect your own children but also other children they play with, such as their neighborhood friends and young family members. It also helps to prevent disease from being spread to those with compromised immune systems, who are particularly vulnerable.
Ultimately, it’s the responsible thing to do.
Vaccinations Your Child Needs
Some of the key vaccines your child will need include the following:
Everyone should get an annual flu shot starting at six months of age, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). Young children have underdeveloped immune systems, so they are at greater risk of more serious health consequences as a result of the flu.
Children who are 12 months old or older should get the hepatitis A vaccine. They should receive the first dose before reaching the age of 2, and the second dose should be provided six months after the first dose was administered.
Hepatitis A is a liver infection that is contracted by exposure to the hepatitis A virus. It can be acquired from exposure to contaminated food and water, usually when traveling internationally.
Hepatitis B shots are administered in three doses. The first dose is given shortly after birth, the next dose is between 1 to 2 months of age, and the third dose is done at age 6 months of age or older.
Like hepatitis A, this is a disease that affects the liver; it is caused by the hepatitis B virus. Children who develop this infection are at risk of having lifelong liver problems such as cirrhosis and liver cancer.
The DTaP vaccine protects your child against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough). According to the CDC, children should receive a total of four doses of DTaP: at age 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and 15 months. If the fourth dose was given when the child was under the age of 4, a fifth dose is also necessary.
MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)
The MMR vaccine protects children against dangerous and potentially deadly diseases including measles, mumps, and rubella. Children should get two doses of this vaccine for maximum protection.
The first dose can be done as early as 12 months of age, and the second dose should ideally be done between ages 4 and 6; however, the second dose can be administered four weeks after the first dose.
To protect your kids from meningitis, ask for the meningococcal conjugate vaccine. This vaccine should be administered to children as young as 11 years old, and the second dose is to be given at age 16. Meningococcal disease can be fatal if not quickly treated.
Immunizations for Children in North Richland Hills, TX
EMC Express Care in North Richland Hills offers the full array of immunizations to our adult and pediatric urgent care and walk-in patients.
After examining your child’s medical history, our gentle and caring EMC Express Care physicians will recommend the appropriate vaccinations for your child. If you have any questions about our immunizations and vaccinations, please call us at (817) 503-8800. For your convenience, we accept walk-in patients from 10 am to 8 pm daily.
Waiting is not something we like our patients to do, which is why we try to keep wait times to a minimum – usually within 10 minutes. You may check-in online for faster service. We welcome you and your child to our relaxing North Richland Hills clinic!