Vaccines and Your Kids: Should You Be Worried?

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary:The information available to parents can be overwhelming. Clearing up the confusion over vaccines, and the immunization schedule, can help ease your concerns.
Air Date: 2/6/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Dr. Cody Meissner, MD
Meissner H.Cody 6071 resizedDr. H. Cody Meissner, MD  is Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine and Chief of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Service at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. He is a Consultant to the Committee on Infectious Disease (Red Book Committee) for the American Academy of Pediatrics. He was a member of the Advisory Committee on Infectious Diseases (ACIP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) until July 2012. Dr. Meissner is the author of over 175 original reports, reviews, book chapters and AAP and CDC Policy Statements.

Vaccines and Your Kids: Should You Be Worried?
One very important step in ensuring the health of any child is to make sure he or she receives immunizations at the correct time.

Whether it's a childhood MMR vaccine or an adolescent pertussis booster, these simple procedures can save lives – and AAP is here to answer any questions you may have about childhood immunization. 

There is a  new schedule for immunizations that includes several changes. 

The major vaccine schedule changes from last year include the administration of tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine to adolescents. 

This recommendation is in response to the increasing number of pertussis cases nationally.
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