One of the most important ways to keep your child healthy is to give them vaccines according to the schedule developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Vaccines allow your child to develop protection to dangerous diseases caused by certain bacteria and viruses. Esse Health Pediatricians and Pediatric Nurse Practitioners support the safety and effectiveness of the recommended vaccine schedule. Since their development, childhood vaccines have prevented millions of children from becoming sick, becoming disabled, or even dying from preventable diseases. At the same time, vaccines are constantly monitored for safety.

CDC Vaccine Resource Library

Immunization Schedule: Birth through 6 Years

Immunization Schedule: 7 - 18 Years

Of course, shots can hurt and cause some mild side effects such as a fever, redness or swelling, or pain at the site. Plus, many children (and parents) are very afraid of getting a shot. Your Esse Health Pediatrics Team will help you care for your child during and after their shots. When possible, we will offer a "combination" shot for some vaccines that reduces the number of shots your child will need to receive at any given visit.

Check out these useful links to prepare your child (and yourself) for their shots:

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/visit/index.html

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/tools/holds-factsheet.html

http://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/vaccine-education-center

http://www.immunize.org/