Immunizations provided by the pediatricians at Children's Physicians in Jupiter, Palm City, and Palm Beach Gardens, FL, reduce your child's risk of developing many types of childhood illnesses. Immunizations are recommended at specific times in your child's life.
The immunization timeline
Immunizations not only protect your child from illness but prevent the spread of disease throughout Jupiter, Palm City, and Palm Beach Gardens, and surrounding communities. Several doses of a vaccine may be needed for maximum effectiveness. Immunizations are recommended at these ages:
- Polio Vaccine: Immunizations are given at two and 4 months, then between 6 and 18 months. The final immunization is offered between 4 to 6 years.
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella: Your child will be immunized against these childhood diseases at 12 - 15 months and 4 - 6 years.
- Pneumococcal Conjugate: This vaccine protects your child from meningitis, blood infections, and pneumonia and is given at 2 months, 4 months, and 6 months. Your child will receive the final dose between 12 and 15 months.
- Rotavirus: Rotavirus, an illness that causes severe diarrhea and vomiting can be prevented with immunizations at 2 and 4 months.
- Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (Whooping Cough): Your child will get the doses of this vaccine at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 15-18 months, and 4 - 6 years. He or she will also receive a single dose of tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis vaccine at 11 - 12 years.
- Varicella (Chickenpox): Your child will receive the first dose between 12 - 15 months and the second at 4 - 6 years.
- Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (HIB): HIB offers protection from meningitis and is given when your child is 2 months and 4 months. Your son or daughter receives the final dose between 12 -15 months.
- Hepatitis A: The first immunization is given at 12 to 23 months. Your child will receive the second dose six months after the first.
- Meningococcal Conjugate: This vaccine offers protection against a specific type of bacteria that can cause meningitis and is given at 11 - 12 years and 16 years.
- Meningococcal B: The meningococcal B vaccine also offers protection against meningitis and is given when your child is 16 to 18 years old.
- Human Papilloma Virus (HPV): Immunizations are given at 11 - 12 years, then six to 12 months after the first dose protects your child from the sexually transmitted virus that can cause cancer in both men and women.
- Influenza: Yearly immunizations reduce your child's risk of developing the flu.
Immunizations offer a safe, effective way to protect your child's health. Call the Jupiter, Palm City, and Palm Beach Gardens, FL, pediatricians at Children's Physicians to schedule your child's immunization appointment. You can reach the doctors by calling (561) 626-4000 for the Palm Beach Gardens office, (561) 743-9000 for the Jupiter office, or (772) 219-4444 for the Palm City office.