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All school-age children need immunizations – from nursery school right up to college. August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and pediatric experts at the Maimonides Infants & Children’s Hospital urge parents to keep their children up-to-date with recommended vaccines.

“Parents need to know that many of the childhood illnesses thought to be eradicated have now resurfaced in many parts of the country, including Brooklyn,” says Dr. Danielle Laraque, Chair of Pediatrics at the Maimonides Infants & Children’s Hospital. “By vaccinating your children, you will ensure that they are not affected by these growing outbreaks.”

As Back-to-School preparations begin in your home, Dr. Laraque recommends that you make an appointment with your pediatrician for check-ups. Bring your record of each child’s immunizations so that you and your doctor can compare notes and discuss any missing vaccines.

While it is best to have all immunizations on the recommended schedule, there are certain times when children fall behind due to an illness or other circumstance. According to Dr. Laraque, this is not a cause for panic – your pediatrician can guide you through a “catching-up” schedule of vaccinations for your child.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children receive the following vaccines: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis/whooping cough), Hib (flu type b), Varicella (chickenpox), IPV (polio), RV (rotavirus), HepA and HepB (hepatitis), Flu (annual), PCV (pneumonia), and MMR (measles, mumps, rubella).

“Don’t forget the adults in the household,” Dr. Laraque adds. “It’s important for all who care for children to be up-to-date, too. That is the best way to safeguard the health of your youngest children who have not yet built-up immunities.”

For more information on recommended vaccines, visit the CDC website, endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The Maimonides Infants & Children’s Hospital is Brooklyn’s first and only fully-accredited children’s hospital, offering the full array of pediatric sub-specialties. The inpatient units feature an aquatic theme with fish tanks maintained through a partnership with the New York Aquarium. For more information on the outstanding clinical services provided at the Maimonides Infants & Children’s Hospital, visit our website.

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