Adolescent Vaccinations in Fairfield, CT
DOCS Urgent Care in Fairfield provides vaccinations for your child to better protect them against life-threatening diseases. With doctors and physicians on staff that strive to provide compassionate care, you will be able to treat your child with the best in care as well as at affordable prices and with any insurance. We are available to answer any questions you may have about your child’s vaccinations or their schedules.
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DOCS URGENT CARE – FAIRFIELD
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What to Know About Vaccinations & Immunizations
What is a Vaccination?
A vaccine is a small amount of dead or weak germs that are used to protect your child against a specific infection. These germs can be toxins, viruses, or bacteria. By adding these germs into your child’s body, they help stimulate their immune system by recognizing the infections, fight against it, and remember it in case of future infections.
Why Does My Child Need a Vaccination?
Follow this recommended vaccination schedule for your child so you can help them become immune to potentially life-threatening diseases. Each vaccine administered to your child has been tested to ensure safety and effectiveness.
What are the Types of Vaccines?
There are a few different types of vaccines. These include:
- Attenuated (weakened): A live virus that is used for vaccines like mumps, measles, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
- Killed (inactivated): A dead germ that causes disease like IPV.
- Toxoid Vaccines: Inactive toxins produced by a bacterium such as diphtheria and tetanus.
- Conjugate Vaccines: A vaccine that contains parts of the bacteria combined with proteins like Hib.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends giving your children vaccines in combination as often as possible, for both convenience and to help mitigate pain. Thankfully, there are several vaccines that can be safely administered together to reduce the number of shots your child needs to receive. For clarity on which vaccines can be administered together as well as creating a vaccination schedule for your child, it is best to discuss this with your doctor and what they recommend for your child.
Adolescent Vaccinations Offered in Fairfield
According to the U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians, it is recommended that you follow a specific schedule for your children each year. Fairfield requires that all adolescents receive certain immunizations and boosters for ongoing immunity against a number of different diseases. The vaccination schedule for your child will outline which immunizations and booster shots your child requires at a certain age.
If you have questions or concerns about your child’s immunization schedule, your Fairfield Primary Care Physician can assist you.
Required Adolescent Vaccinations include:
- TD (Tetanus Diphtheria)
- Meningitis (Meningococcal)
- HPV (Human Papillomavirus)
- TDAP (Whooping Cough)
- FLU (Influenza)
- MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)
- Chickenpox (Varicella)
- Pneumonia (Pneumococcal)
- Hepatitis A (HEP A,) and
- Hepatitis B (HEP B)
The Care Your Child Needs, When They Need it in Fairfield
Each vaccine that is administered to your child is important because it works toward protecting him or her against infectious diseases. Not only is your child protected, but you can help protect the spread of diseases within your family members, friends or community in Fairfield.
Our team of board-certified physicians are ready to provide your child with the best in medical care for an affordable price.