It is a known fact that children do not have developed immune systems that can help them fight off infections. It’s recommended that babies receive vaccines on schedule within the first few months to their first few years of life. These vaccines are designed to help keep our children safe while also protecting other groups at higher risk of complications.
AFC Urgent Care Methuen can provide many essential vaccines to those who need them. If you visit our center for a physical exam, our providers can help update your vaccination list. Call or visit our center today for more information.
Receiving a vaccine for chickenpox is a lot safer than actually getting chickenpox. While some cases do not cause serious complications, others may experience bacterial infections or pneumonia. The CDC recommends receiving two doses of the chickenpox vaccine. The first should be between 12 and 15 months old, and the second should be between four to six years old.
Certain states have specific requirements for the chickenpox vaccine for children to attend daycare or school. Some side effects may occur after receiving the vaccine, but, in most cases, they are very mild. Side effects may include a rash, soreness, swelling, redness around the injection site, and a fever.
Rotavirus causes severe diarrhea, vomiting, and fever in infants and small children. It’s extremely contagious, and if left untreated, it can cause severe dehydration or death. The vaccine can be in two or three doses, and the CDC recommends babies receive theirs at 2, 4, and 6 months.
Like any vaccine, some side effects may be possible. For the rotavirus vaccine, these side effects include temporary diarrhea, fever, irritability, and loss of appetite.
Hepatitis A Vaccine
Hepatitis A is an acute liver disease that can cause fatigue, stomach pain, and jaundice. Symptoms can last from a few weeks to several months, depending on how severe symptoms get. It’s recommended to receive two doses between a child’s first and second birthday. It can also be recommended to some adults that travel to countries where this illness is more prominent.
Sides effects of the Hepatitis A vaccine include soreness at the injection site, fatigue, headache, and loss of appetite.
Meningococcal disease causes meningitis, a bloodstream infection, or sepsis. It is a very serious condition, and children can get it from living close to others. It’s recommended to get two doses between ages 11 and 16. Some colleges require incoming freshmen to receive another dose of the vaccine as well.
Common side effects of this vaccine include fatigue, soreness at the injection site, and headache.
Human papillomavirus infects nearly 14 million people each year. It can cause cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers in women and penile cancer in men. It’s recommended for all children to receive the vaccine beginning at ages 11 and 12. If children have not been vaccinated at that age, it’s recommended that girls receive doses between ages 13 to 26 and boys between ages 13 and 21.
Side effects can include dizziness, headache, soreness at the injection site, and nausea.