Vaccines: What You Need to Know
(Information copied from the CDC Vaccine Information Statements)
Recent outbreaks of preventable childhood diseases emphasize the necessity of vaccination for all children. Regular medical care includes vaccinations, which are an important part of your child’s total health care. The following information will tell you what you need to know about the routine immunizations we administer and explains why it’s important to make sure your child is vaccinated on time. It is our strict policy that all patients in our practice receive the immunizations currently mandatory in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Information resources for parents concerned about the safety of immunizations:
National Immunization Program – www.cdc.gov/vaccines
This website is the official home of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Parents can link directly to the National Immunization program. Answers to many vaccine-related questions can be found here.
American Academy of Pediatrics – HealthyChildren.org
As fellows of the AAP, the physicians at Roslindale Pediatric Associates practice according to the guidelines and recommendations of this organization of over 45,000 pediatricians. This site covers many health-related topics, including vaccinations.
National Network for Immunization Information – www.immunizationinfo.org
Immunization Action Coalition – www.immunize.org/vaccines
This group is a nonprofit organization that works to increase immunization rates by providing up-to-date information to parents.
Vaccinating Your Child-Q&A for the Concerned Parent
(2000) Sharon Humiston, MD,MPH; Cynthia Good, and Bill Atkinson
Vaccines: What Every Parent Should Know
(1999) Paul Offit, MD and Louis Bell, MD
Types of Vaccines: What You Need to Know
Diphtheria Tetanus & Pertussis Vaccines
Haemophilus Influenzae Type b (Hib) Vaccine
Hepatitis A Vaccine
Hepatitis B Vaccine
Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) Vaccines
Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine
Tetanus, Diphtheria (Td) or Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap)