Vaccination recommendations: Updates per CDC/American Academy of Pediatrics
Boys---as well as girls---are encouraged to receive the Human Papilloma Virus vaccine; it is a series that can begin as early as age 11-12.
Please access "Vaccines" for the CDC handout.
There is a new and more comprehensive version of the vaccine for Streptococcus pneumoniae (Prevnar); the new biological protects against 13 strains of the bacteria instead of the previous 7; "catch up" vaccination is recommended for all children through their 6th birthday, so there is a potential total of 5 shots (ages 2, 4, 6, 15 months, plus additional dose) for adequate protection.
Additionally, the vaccine to prevent meningococcal meningitis (Menactra, Menveo) requires a booster vaccine, usually at age 16.
We also encourage parents and caretakers of newborns/young children to have an updated TdAP (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis--whooping cough) to provide "cocoon" protection around children until they receive their full vaccine series.
Two new anti-meningitis vaccines targeting Neisseria meningitis "B" --- adolescents presently receive protection for the "A" strain --- are now available. The CDC/ACIP recommends their use in individuals in crowded living settings when there are reported cases in the community. Outbreaks on several college campuses nationwide has prompted this strategy. The vaccines (Bexsero or Trumemba) are administered in series and may be given to rising college freshman if the family is interested. (Insurance coverage for the vaccine varies). We presently stock Bexsero, which requires 2 doses spaced at least 1 month apart.
In the "Newsletter" Section we will try to provide links to articles of interest, as well as seasonal updates. In addition, we will "catalog" these references in our ARCHIVES section.