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Back-to-School — Time to check your child’s immunization records
Guidelines from the American Academy of Family Physicians
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 14, 2002
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5222
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) offers basic recommendations on a variety of immunizations for children, adolescents and adults. These recommendations are provided as a guideline for physicians making clinical decision regarding the care of their patients. They do not substitute for the clinical judgment of the patient’s family physician.
According to the 1999 Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule in the United States, from birth to age 6, a minimum of 13 separate injections are needed to immunize a child. Combination vaccines merge several vaccines into a single product that prevents different diseases, therefore reducing the total number of injections for the child. Vaccinations children should have include:
- diphtheria, tetanus toxiods and acellular pertussis combination vaccine (DtaP) and boosters;
- inactivated polio vaccine;
- measles, mumps and rubella vaccine;
- hepatitis B vaccine; and
- varicella virus vaccine.
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