health | get healthy disorder. Additionally, thimerosal has been removed or reduced to trace amounts in all childhood vaccines. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) strongly recommends parents vaccinate their children. “Claims that vaccines are linked to autism, or are unsafe when administered according to the recommended schedule, have been disproven by a robust body of medical literature. Delaying vaccines only leaves a child at risk of disease. Vaccines keep communities healthy, and protect some of the most vulnerable in our society, including the elderly, and children who are too young to be vaccinated or have compromised immune systems.” Florida requires that children have a certain set of vaccinations before entering preschool, which includes diphtheria tetanus and acellular pertussis (DTaP), inactivated polio vaccine (IPV), MMR, varicella (chickenpox), hepatitis B (Hep B) and haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib). To enter elementary school, children are
required to have had four or five doses of DTaP, four or five doses of IPV, two doses of MMR, three doses of Hep B, one tetanus diphtheria and acellular pertussis (Tdap) and two doses of varicella. To enter middle school, children should have a booster of Tdap.
For more information on childhood immunizations, visit these sites:
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP):
The AAP understands that parents want the best for their child, so they urge pediatricians and parents to have open and healthy conversations about vaccination concerns. Parents should never feel hesitant to discuss any questions they may have about safety issues and the Henry Ford Health Institute encourages them to explore medically sound research on the topic.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents
Immunization Action Coalition (IAC): www.vaccineinformation.org
“When in doubt, it is important for parents to have thorough conversations with their child’s pediatrician to better understand the recommended vaccinations, and their risks and benefits.” *Always consult your doctor regarding vaccines.
U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services (HHS): www.vaccines.gov
The Immunization Partnership: www.immunizeusa.org
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