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The physicians of Park Street Pediatrics actively support the immunization schedule endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. We believe that childhood immunization has and continues to be one of the most critical drivers in improving the health of our society.

The Park Street Pediatrics maintains a “pro-vaccine” policy in our office to promote the health and safety of each patient and our community as a whole.

VACCINATION SAFETY

Over the last few years, many have questioned the safety of giving the increasing number of immunizations to young children. We feel this debate has been settled and the science clearly supports the safety and effectiveness of the current vaccine schedule.

Our two physicians combined have almost 60 years of experience in treating children. We have seen dramatic changes in the severity and amount of the diseases we treat, mainly due to the effects of vaccination. Here of some of the most notable.

Vaccine Schedule For Children And Infants

We also strongly encourage annual vaccination against influenza for all patients over the age of 6 months. The flu vaccine does a fair job of preventing flu cases, but where it really shines is in preventing the severity and complications of the flu, including lowering the number of deaths caused by the flu.

We are often asked if it is possible to follow an alternative vaccine schedule that would allow some of the vaccines to be given when a child is older and perhaps better prepared to handle them. There is absolutely no evidence that delaying or spreading out vaccines makes them safer. In fact, delaying vaccine administration only serves to put a child at risk for contracting one of the vaccine-preventable diseases. Call us at (203) 840-7566 with any questions.

Simplified Immunization Schedule

Birth 1 month 2 months 4 months 6 months 12 months 15 months 18 months 19-23 months 2-3 years 4-6 years
HepB
HepB
HepB
RV
RV
RV
DTaP
DTaP
DTaP
DTaP
DTaP
Hib
Hib
Hib
Hib
PCV13
PCV13
PCV13
PCV13
IPV
IPV
IPV
IPV
Influenza (Yearly)*
MMR
MMR
Varicella
Varicella
HepA

Vaccine-Preventable Diseases and the Vaccines that Prevent Them

Varicella vaccine protects against chickenpox

Spread by: Air, direct contact
Symptoms: Rash, tiredness, headache, fever
Complications: Infected blisters, bleeding disorders, encephalitis (brain swelling), pneumonia (infection in the lungs)

DTaP vaccine protects against diphtheria.

Spread by: Air, direct contact
Symptoms: Sore throat, mild fever, weakness, swollen glands in neck
Complications: Swelling of the heart muscle, heart failure, coma, paralysis, death

Hib vaccine protects against Haemophilus influenzae type b.

Spread by: Air, direct contact
Symptoms: May be no symptoms unless bacteria enter the blood
Complications:Meningitis (infection of the covering around the brain and spinal cord), intellectual disability, epiglottitis (life-threatening infection that can block the windpipe and lead to serious breathing problems), pneumonia (infection in the lungs), death

HepA vaccine protects against hepatitis A.

Spread by: Direct contact, contaminated food or water
Symptoms: May be no symptoms, fever, stomach pain, loss of appetite, fatigue, vomiting, jaundice (yellowing of skin and eyes), dark urine
Complications:Liver failure, arthralgia (joint pain), kidney, pancreatic, and blood disorders

HepB vaccine protects against hepatitis B.

Spread by: Contact with blood or body fluids
Symptoms: May be no symptoms, fever, headache, weakness, vomiting, jaundice (yellowing of skin and eyes), joint pain
Complications:Chronic liver infection, liver failure, liver cancer

Flu vaccine protects against influenza.

Spread by: Air, direct contact
Symptoms: Fever, muscle pain, sore throat, cough, extreme fatigue
Complications: Pneumonia (infection in the lungs)

MMR vaccine protects against measles

Spread by: Air, direct contact
Symptoms: Rash, fever, cough, runny nose, pink eye
Complications: Encephalitis (brain swelling), pneumonia (infection in the lungs), death

MMR vaccine protects against mumps

Spread by: Air, direct contact
Symptoms: Swollen salivary glands (under the jaw), fever, headache, tiredness, muscle pain
Complications: Meningitis (infection of the covering around the brain and spinal cord), encephalitis (brain swelling), inflammation of testicles or ovaries, deafness

DTaP vaccine protects against pertussis (whooping cough)

Spread by: Air, direct contact
Symptoms: Severe cough, runny nose, apnea (a pause in breathing in infants)
Complications: Pneumonia (infection in the lungs), death

IPV vaccine protects against polio

Spread by: Air, direct contact, through the mouth
Symptoms: May be no symptoms, sore throat, fever, nausea, headache
Complications: Paralysis, death

PCV13 vaccine protects against pneumococcus

Spread by: Air, direct contact
Symptoms: May be no symptoms, pneumonia (infection in the lungs)
Complications: Bacteremia (blood infection), meningitis (infection of the covering around the brain and spinal cord), death

RV vaccine protects against rotavirus

Spread by: Through the mouth
Symptoms: Diarrhea, fever, vomiting
Complications: Severe diarrhea, dehydration

MMR vaccine protects against rubella

Spread by: Air, direct contact
Symptoms: Sometimes rash, fever, swollen lymph nodes
Complications: Very serious in pregnant women—can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, birth defects

DTaP vaccine protects against tetanus

Spread by: Exposure through cuts in skin
Symptoms: Stiffness in neck and abdominal muscles, difficulty swallowing, muscle spasms, fever
Complications: Broken bones, breathing difficulty, death

CDC Vaccine Guidance

Vaccines and Your Baby

In this video series, physicians at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia explain how vaccines work and how they are made, and describes several vaccines and the diseases they prevent. Families share their stories of children affected by vaccine-preventable diseases.

Vaccines: Separating Fact from Fear

This video series answers questions many parents have about vaccines. It features the stories of several parents whose children suffered vaccine-preventable diseases.