What You Need to Know About Immunizations
By Johnson County Pediatrics
February 27, 2019
Category: Child Health
Tags: Immunizations  

Childhood immunizations are a critical component of pediatric healthcare. In addition to protecting children from potentially serious immunizationillnesses like polio and the measles, immunizations also protect vulnerable members of your family and community who are unable to be vaccinated or have weakened immune systems due to age or underlying illnesses. The pediatricians at Johnson County Pediatrics provide immunizations and other childhood healthcare and wellness services in Overland Park, KS.

Childhood Immunizations in Overland Park, KS

Children receive immunizations at specific intervals from infancy to age 18 according to guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but the recommended schedule for every child can vary depending on a number of factors such as health, age, family history, and geographic location among others.

Most vaccines are administered in several doses that are spread out over several years depending on the immunization schedule, which is subject to change. Here is an example of a current immunization schedule as of 2018-2019, according to age:

  • Hepatitus B
  • Rotavirus
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis
  • Haemophilus influenza type b
  • Pneumococcal conjugate
  • Inactivated poliovirus
  • Influenza
  • Measles, mumps, rubella
  • Varicella
  • Hepatitis A
  • Meningococcal
  • Human papillomavirus
  • Pneumococcal polysaccharide

What Immunizations Protect From

Many debilitating/fatal illnesses and diseases that once affected the entire population in the United States and around the world have effectively been eliminated via immunizations. Even common illnesses like the flu virus can be serious and even fatal, especially for the more vulnerable members of society such as infants, the elderly, and people with underlying health issues and weak immune systems that can't adequately fight off viruses and infections.

Immunizations help to protect everyone, especially the people that can't be vaccinated because of health issues. This is what is known as herd immunity. If you or your child can't be vaccinated, the immunity of the people around you protects you from exposure to serious diseases and viruses.

Find a Pediatrician in Overland Park, KS

For more information about immunization schedules, contact Johnson County Pediatrics by calling (913) 384-5500 today to schedule an appointment with one of our pediatricians.