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Immunizations

Vaccination

Albemarle Pediatrics firmly believes in the effectiveness of vaccines to prevent serious illness and to save lives.

We firmly believe in the safety of our vaccines.

We firmly believe that all children and young adults should receive all of the recommended vaccines according to the schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

We firmly believe, based on all available literature, evidence and current studies, that vaccines do not cause autism or other developmental disabilities. We firmly believe that thimerosal, a preservative that has been in vaccines for decades and remains in some vaccines, does not cause autism or other developmental disabilities. We make every effort to use no thimerosal containing vaccines.

We firmly believe that vaccinating children and young adults may be the single most important health-promoting intervention we perform as a health care providers, and that you can perform as parents/caregivers. The recommended vaccines and their schedule given are the results of years and years of scientific study and data gathering on millions of children by thousands of our brightest scientists and physicians.

Below you will see the vaccine schedule that we implement at Albemarle Pediatrics.

  • 1 month: Hep B
  • 2 months: DTap, IPV, HIB, Prevnar, Rotateq
  • 4 months: DTap, IPV, HIB, Prevnar, Rotateq
  • 6 months: DTap, IPV, Hib, Prevnar, Hep B, Rotateq
  • 12 months: MMR, Varicella, Prevnar, Hep A
  • 18 months: Hep A, DTap, HIB
  • 4-6 years: DTap, IPV, MMR, Varicella
  • 11-12 years: Tdap, Meningococcal, HPV
  • 16-18 years: Meningococcal

Academy of Pediatrics Immunization Recommendations (external link)

At Albemarle Pediatrics we recommend annual influenza (flu) vaccine for all patients age 6 months and up.

Notes:

  • DTap is Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis
  • IPV is inactivated polio vaccine
  • HIB is haemophilus influenzae type b
  • Prevanar is the pneumococcal conjugated vaccine 13
  • Rotateq is just rotavirus
  • Hep B is hepatitis B
  • MMR is measles, mumps and rubella
  • Varicella is commonly known as chicken pox
  • Hep A is hepatitis A
  • Tdap is Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis
  • Menactra/Menveo is meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4)
  • HPV is Human papillomavirus vaccine
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