Immunizations

HPV Immunization Info:
To ensure the safety of our patients, any adolescent patient receiving an HPV immunization is REQUIRED to wait 20 minutes at Johnson County Pediatrics following the injection.

If you have questions, please ask your medical provider!

Immunization Policy


Dear Valued Patients,

Your safety and care are of the utmost importance here at JCP. Recently there has been an increase in the number of communicable diseases such as measles that just a short time ago were rare occurrences. Most experts believe this is due to the increase in unvaccinated and undervaccinated children coupled with world wide travel. To this end, the doctors at JCP have instituted a vaccine policy. We encourage you to speak to your primary care physician about any concerns or questions you may have regarding our vaccine policy.

As of July 1, 2014

Johnson County Pediatrics will follow the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices regarding the timing and administration of the vaccine schedule for children and teens.

All patients of JCP will be required to have completed the recommended schedule as set out by the AAP for children by the time of the next recommended well child visit. For example, the AAP recommends that the 2-month shots include the following: Pediarix, Pedvax Hib, Prevnar 13 and Rotarix. If your infant has not completed all of these vaccines by 4 months of age (the time of the next recommended visit) he or she will not be considered up to date per our policy.

We understand that there often extenuating circumstances, illness, surgeries, immune dificiencies and these will be handled on a case-by-case basis. We cannot accept religious exemptions, nor can we accept alternative schedules. We understand the timing of immunizations can be a controverial issue and we respect a parent's right to make decisions on behalf of your child. We hope you will understand our desire to make our waiting room a safe environment for all of our patients. If you desire an alternative schedule that does not meet the Johnson County Pediatrics criteria, we would be happy to make other recommendation for your child's care where your needs may be met.

Immunization Schedule

For the Vaccine Information Sheet please click on the name of the vaccine listed below that your child may be receiving.

If you have questions about immunizations and the diseases they prevent please check out this Fact Sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

PLEASE NOTE IF YOUR CHILD OR CHILDREN ATTEND SCHOOL IN MISSOURI:
The State of Missouri has updated immunization laws that will start with the 2016-2017 school year. The new law states that all students must receive the Tdap and Meningococcal (MCV) vaccine before enrolling in eighth grade. Proof of these immunizations will need to be provided before attending school.

Immunization Records

Please keep track of your child's immunization records. We are happy to give you a current copy anytime. There are many schools and programs that require vaccine documentation, so keep a copy in a safe place. New patients are encouraged to bring a copy of their shot records to their first visit. We will incorporate that into our medical record here.

Let us know if you have any questions about your child's vaccine history.

Flu Immunizations

Johnson County Pediatrics provides flu immunizations for patients. Each year we offer flu clinics to provide the immunizations to our patients. The clinics run late August through the first of December. Those clinics are posted on this site, on our Facebook page and the information may be emailed directly to you. Appointments are always necessary, but the clinics offer a way to receive immunizations in a quicker way. Children under the age of 2 receive flu shots.

Your child may be able to get a flu vaccine without getting a shot. Flumist is an intranasal form of immunization against influenza. The vaccine contains a live, attenuated (weakened) virus, and cannot cause the flu. Mild side effects may include runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, tiredness, irritability and muscle aches.

Children under the age of 9 who have not received at least two doses of flu vaccine prior to July 1, 2015, will need to receive two doses
(4 or more weeks apart) during this flu season.

Please review this checklist to determine if your child can receive Flumist. If your child cannot receive Flumist, he or she should be given the injectable flu vaccine as the American Academy of Pediatrics and Johnson County Pediatrics are recommending that ALL children over the age of six months be vaccinated for influenza every year.

Does your child have any of the following conditions?

  • Is allergic to chicken eggs, gentamicin or nasal spray components.
  • Is currently ill.
  • Has received other LIVE vaccines in the past 28 days (MMR, MMRV, Varivax).
  • Has asthma and/or wheezing that requires inhaled steroids daily or every other day for control or oral steroids.
  • Has had any wheezing during the past two weeks that required two or more days of bronchodilator medication.
  • Has been hospitalized or seen in the emergency room for wheezing in the past year.
  • Is less than 2 years of age or is older than 50 years of age.
  • Has close contact in the household with immunocompromised individuals, someone on chemotherapy or infected with HIV.
  • Is taking aspirin or aspirin containing products.
  • Is dealing with a medical condition that puts him/her at a high risk for complications from influenza such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, kidney failure, sickle cell anemia, immune deficiency, thymic abnormality, HIV or a malignancy such as leukemia or lymphoma.
  • Is taking chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
  • Has a history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
  • Is pregnant.
  • Is currently or has been treated with an anti-viral (such as Tamiflu). Must have been off at least 48 hours.

If “Yes” is the answer to any of these questions your child may be ineligible for the Flumist intranasal vaccine. Please speak to the nurse prior to administration.

Updated 9/2015

Does your child need any immunizations?
Call Johnson County Pediatrics in Overland Park, KS at (913) 384-5500 for more information!