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A New Baby! Ut Oh....Time for Shots!

A New Baby.... what more joy can there be?  But with all of the joys of parenthood and having children, we must remember the appropriate care for our children.  This includes regular well child check-ups and timely immunizations.  This concept is most hard for the newest parents.  No one likes to see their babies stuck with needles.  Sometimes it's difficult to remember that we are doing this as parents to protect our children and see that they remain healthy.

So what do we expect in terms of immunizations?  It is generally recommended that your baby be followed up for several well child checks up to the first month and then again at two months, four months, six months, nine months, and one year.  They will begin receiving their first set of immunizations very early. 

Immunizations that are needed up to the age of three include:  Hepatitis B, Rotavirus, DTaP (Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis), Hib (Haemophilus Influenzae Type b), PCV (Pneumococcal), IPV (Inactivated Polio), Influenza (flu), MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella), Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis A, and Meningoccal.  It is also being recommended now that children between the ages of 6 months and 24 months receive the H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine.

Guarding your baby against these illnesses with the appropriate immunizations and taking your baby for regular routine well child check-ups is the best course of action for promoting a healthy child.  Sometimes it's difficult to remember the reasons why we are at the doctor when we see those needles go in and hear our youngsters cry, but as parents we must remember that their health and well-being is the most important thing there is.  So the next time you must endure the pain and agony along with your child during those vaccines, just show them a lot of love afterwards and know that you are doing your best to protect them.

An excellent web site for further information regarding immunizations is located at www.marchofdimes.com which has excellent and valuable information.

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