Our practice follows the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
Our physicians discuss the risks and benefits of each recommended vaccine. This website is updated in the News section with new vaccines required by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, as well as those encouraged by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Our website also serves as communication to our families on the timely delivery and availability of annual flu shots. The delivery of flu vaccine is in September at the earliest. Any revised recommendation for annual influenza vaccines will be noted in our website News section, as well.
Men B - This vaccine protects against meningococcal disease, often the one seen on college campuses. This a 2 dose series 6 months apart for ages 16-23 year olds.
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)- This vaccine protects against 9 strains of HPV, a sexually transmitted disease that can lead to cervical cancer in women and to disfiguring and painful warts in men. Adolescent girls and boys 11 years old and up are eligible for this protection. Recommended for both girls and boys. HPV is now a 2 dose series 6 months apart for patients 14 years and under. HPV is still a 3 dose series for patients 15 years and older.
Flu Shots- Flu immunization is recommended for children 6 months-18 years old. It is also recommended specifically for those with specific risk factors, including heart, kidney, metabolic (diabetes) and lung (asthma) diseases, or who have anemia or blood disorders, HIV/AIDS, long-term steroid use and cancer therapy with radiation or drugs. Anyone in close contact with people at risk should also receive this immunization. Students living in dormitories and others wishing to decrease their risk should consider this immunization. This vaccine is not given to patients with a history of egg allergy. Children under 9 years of age receiving their first seasonal flu shot need to receive 2 immunizations one month apart.
MMR- Due to the recent measles outbreak linked to the index case in Minnesota as well as Disneyland, this serious illness has spread extensively throughout the United States. For this reason, SouthPark Pediatrics is urging all patients aged 12-15 months to call and schedule an appointment to receive the first in a series of two, MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine. Also, this vaccine is typically boosted at 5 years old, though it is approved to be given as early as 4 years old. All 4 and 5 year old patients should call to schedule the second MMR in order to get maximal protection. Also anyone aged 6 months or older, who has not yet been vaccinated, or is 12 months old and received only the first MMR, and is traveling out of the country, is eligible for the MMR vaccine.
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Hepatitis A- This immunization is a 2-dose series recommended for children at 12 months and 18 months of age. Any child over this age is eligible to "catch up" on this immunization.
Tdap - This immunization is recommended for moms, dads, grandparents, and caretakers. Infants are not fully protected until completing their primary series and booster at 4 years old. A nuisance cough in an adult whose immunity may have weaken could be Pertussis (whooping cough) and might go untreated, thus exposing unimmunized children under 4 years old. A Tdap booster for adults surrounding newborns through preschoolers is recommended. This illness has become such a concern in North Carolina, the Tdap vaccine is free at the NC health department.
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