The recommended vaccinations for children today include a range of medicines that are designed to prevent serious (and potentially deadly) illnesses. The first vaccinations are given at birth and will then be given on a regular schedule until early adolescence in most cases. Vaccinations for children today normally include Hepatitis, Rotavirus, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Measles, Mumps, Flu, and Varicella. Some vaccinations are given in several different doses.
Parents who want to properly prepare their child for vaccinations should keep in mind that the child will pattern their behavior. If the parent approaches the doctor's visit with an upbeat attitude, the child is much more likely to do so as well. Once the child is at the doctor's office, distractions like a favorite book or game can be a great way to keep the upbeat mood going. If possible, parents should keep the child distracted throughout the injection, keeping their line of vision away from the needles. Instead of making a big production of comforting the child once the vaccinations are over, parents should try to act very matter of fact rather than reinforcing that the vaccinations were a terrible event. The child can be offered a small reward for good behavior during the vaccine, as well. This may help them remember the fun at the end of the visit rather than the actual vaccinations next time.
Preteens and teens need to continue getting the flu vaccination once a year. Preteens and teens should normally be vaccinated against Meningococcal disease once when they are around 11 or 12 and again when they are 16 or older. Children should normally be vaccinated against Tdap when they are 11 or 12. Children who are 11 to 12 should have an HPV vaccination.
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