Immunization and Vaccination

Under current guidelines sanctioned by the United States government, there are 27 doses of immunization and vaccination shots a child should receive by his or her second birthday party.  This might seem like an incredibly large number of shots to be giving to the littlest, most delicate children but public health officials consider the recommended series of vaccines to be vital to eradicating and preventing some diseases once known as childhood killers.

The more kids in a family, the more complicated the mission of the parents to maintain the proper schedule for immunization and vaccination for each and every single child.  They grow so fast, time for a booster shot comes around so quickly.

When immunization and vaccination booster shots are missed, immunity to disease is diminished.  When an initial vaccine is missed, the child has no immunity at all to the ravages of the disease or diseases in question.

Each time immunization and vaccination boosters are missed, it is important to take the vaccine even if it is late and out of schedule.  The child’s pediatrician will need to re-calculate the correct dosage and formula according to many factors, including your child’s age, weight, time elapsed since last vaccine, and the vaccine itself.  The missed vaccine may be delayed even further, if the pediatrician’s calculations say it’s better to wait till the next round of vaccines are due.

Formulating missed immunization and vaccination booster shots is tricky business, due to the many, many differences in growing toddlers.  Thankfully, a team of researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology has come up with a computerized tool developed to help pediatricians and parents stay on track with these life-saving vaccines.

The vaccine calculator works online and is accessible to both doctor and parent.  Each time a child is vaccinated, his or her vaccination records are edited to include the very best time to schedule the next booster, all things considered.  For every child and for every vaccine.

The immunization and vaccination schedule recommended today includes protection against diphtheria, Haemophilus influenzae type B, Hepatitis types A and B, measles, meningitis, mumps, pertussis, polio, rotavirus, rubella, tetanus, and varicella.

Recent data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate about 28% of all American toddlers haven’t been fully vaccinated.