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Kids' Vaccines – New Schedule Announced

818438_41920454The American Academy of Pediatrics, along with the CDC and the AAFP, recently announced changes to the childhood vaccine schedule.

For parents who follow their pediatrician’s vaccination guidelines, not much will change.  New recommendations include:

  • an H1N1 vaccine for all children over the age of six months.
  • HPV2 — a new cervical cancer vaccine for girls — or the older HPV4 should be given to girls at age 11 or 12.
  • HPV4 can also be given to boys 9-18 for the prevention of genital warts.
  • Meningitis booster shots for high-risk kids, which mainly includes those with low immunity.  College age kids who have already been immunized may not need a booster, if they’ve already had the vaccine.

The groups also recommend newer combination vaccinations whenever possible to reduce both needle pokes and trips to the doctor, something that’s sure to go over well with kids and their parents.

So basically, if you vaccinate, keep doing what you’re doing, with a few small tweaks.  If you don’t vaccinate,these three groups are asking you to reconsider.

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