Vaccines: We all need to be protected

School is right around the corner. Children will be riding school buses and sitting in classrooms all day with other kids. How can you protect your child from the inevitable germs?

Vaccines help stop the spread of disease by protecting not only your child, but also those around your child. Starting at birth your child should begin the process of being protected by getting vaccines.

There are a lot of myths about vaccines, including claims that they cause autism and that children can’t get a vaccine if they are sick. However, no study has confirmed that vaccines actually do cause autism, and usually children can receive vaccines even if they’re not feeling well.

Providence Health Plan highly recommends vaccines to keep your child safe. We would never recommend something that would harm your child. Vaccines that your child should receive include:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP)
  • Hepatitis A – starting at 12 months
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b)
  • Influenza (flu) – starting at 6 months
  • Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
  • Meningococcal (meningitis)
  • Pneumococcal (pneumonia)
  • Polio
  • Rotavirus
  • Varicella (chickenpox)

It is important to finish all vaccine series. Talk to your child’s doctor about when your child should get his or her vaccines. At every well-child and sick visit, ask the doctor if your child is due for any vaccines. You can also make an appointment with your own doctor to get any vaccines you may need.

Children aren’t the only ones who need to get vaccines. Visit our immunization Web page to find out which vaccines you and your preteen should have. You’ll also find FAQs (frequently asked questions) to help address your concerns.