A child requires a schedule of routine vaccinations. In Bronx, NY, Dr. Joice Samuel, Dr. Mirdula Sharma, and Emily Wilson PNP of Bronx Kids Pediatrics offer this service to children from birth to adulthood. Some vaccines are given solo and others are part of a combination vaccine to allow fewer actual shots to be given.
The first vaccine that infants are given is the Hep-B vaccine. It is given at birth, then a second dose is given between one and two months, and the third dose between 6 and 15 months.
The DTaP combination vaccine is for Diphtheria, Tetanus, and acellular Pertussis. It is a five-dose series given at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, between 15-18 months, and the final one between 4-6 years.
Hib vaccination is a four-dose series that is given at 2 months,4 months, 6 months, and a booster between 12-15 months. It protects against meningitis.
IPV is the inactivated polio vaccine given in a 4 dose series, 2 and 4 months, between 6 and 18 months, and then between 4-6 years of age.
PCV13 This vaccine protects against 13 kinds of pneumococcal bacteria. It is given in a 4-part series, 2, 4, 6 months, and 12-15 months.
RV is the vaccine against rotavirus that causes vomiting and diarrhea and can dehydrate babies. This is a liquid vaccine and is given at 2, 4, and 6 months.
The Flu vaccine is recommended at 6 months and every year thereafter.
MMR is the measles, mumps, and rubella (German measles) vaccine. These were some of the most common childhood illnesses before the vaccines were developed. Now, not so much. This is a two-dose series, one at 12-15 months and one between 4-5 years.
VAR is the vaccine for chickenpox. This is a two-dose series that may be administered with the MMR as MMRV or separate. It should be done at 12-15 months and 4-6 years of age.
HPV is the human papillomavirus vaccination and is administered no earlier than 9 years of age but recommended at 11-12 years of age. It is either a two or three-dose series, depending on the age at the initial dose. If you get these routine vaccinations in the Bronx, NY before age 14, only 2 doses are needed. Age 15 or over, it is a 3 dose series.
To get your child on a routine vaccinations schedule in the Bronx, NY, contact Dr. Samuel, Dr. Sharma, and Emily Wilson PNP of Bronx Kids Pediatrics for an appointment. Call the office at (718) 708-4594.