Vaccines and checkups can help your child to grow up healthy and avoid many serious diseases. Here's a brief guide to preventive care for children.
Here are some facts about flu and the flu vaccine:
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Preventive care for children up to age 2
Schedule and keep the following well-child appointments:
Well-child appointments give the doctor time to do routine screenings and tests your child may need. Your child’s doctor may also give any vaccines your child needs.
Don’t wait to get your child vaccinated. Vaccinations can protect your child from disease. You will also protect others at home or daycare.
Make sure your child gets all recommended shots before age 2. You can find the most up-to-date schedule on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
It's important to:
See Guiding Your Child through the Early Years.
Preventive care for preschool and school-age children
Your child won't need to visit the doctor as often now for preventive care – just once a year. But those visits will be important.
Your child still needs other vaccines in the next few years. All of these vaccines protect against serious diseases. Some are "booster shots" to provide longer protection for shots your child already had. Some vaccines are required to attend school.
You can find the most up-to-date vaccine schedule on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Also talk with the doctor about your child's:
This is also your chance to discuss any other concerns you may have. Be sure to keep a record of the new vaccines your child receives.
See Guiding Your Child through the Middle Years.
Preventive care for preteens
Preteens need immunizations (vaccines) too. Some vaccines require a "booster shot." These shots protect him or her from serious diseases. Talk about vaccines at every visit, including:
You can find the most up-to-date schedule on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Make sure your preteen has received all vaccines he or she needs. Checkups are a good time to catch up on any vaccines your child may have missed.
While there, talk to your doctor about:
See Guiding Your Child through the Adolescent Years.