Tag Archive: Vaccine

  1. Reason To Get Vaccinated For The Flu

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    Many people know that it is advisable to get vaccinated before the onset of the flu season but they are not too sure about the exact reason to get vaccinated for the flu. Also, many people are not aware that even adults should get a flu shot.

    The CDC strongly advises people of all ages to get a flu vaccine. Here are just of the many reasons to get vaccinated for the flu.

    Giving your child the flu shot before the flu season starts is highly advisable so they remain protected against the deadly influenza disease. Call Pediatric Partners to know more about the reasons why you should get your child vaccinated for the flu. Schedule your appointment today to get your vaccinated for the flu.

    Influenza Is A Serious Disease

    Thousands of people get the flu every year during the flu season. Even though an influenza infection can affect different people differently, the fact remains that most people end up in the hospital because of complications related to the condition. In addition, tens of thousands of people die every year from flu-related causes. These unnecessarily large numbers can be brought down drastically with an annual seasonal flu vaccine.

    Getting Vaccinated Can Prevent The Condition From Spreading

    Flu is a contagious condition and those who are not vaccinated are highly susceptible to catching the virus. What’s more the virus is very easily spread by merely being in the proximity of someone who has the virus. By getting a flu shot, you build your immunity against the virus so you are less likely to catch the virus from anyone else. This also works to protect anyone else around you from getting the flu. The more people in the community that are vaccinated against the flu, the lesser the chances of it spreading through the community.

    School Going Children Will Not Miss School

    Children who have the flu have to miss school for several reasons. For one thing, this is a highly contagious disease. One child suffering from the flu can very quickly infect the entire class.

    Influenza is also very tiring. A child who has influenza will usually not have the energy to get out of bed and do anything for a long while. This could cause the child to lag behind their classmates and they would have to spend a long time trying to catch up.

    Best Time To Get Vaccinated

    Although vaccinations are offered right through the flu season, the best time to get vaccinated is as soon as the vaccine is made available. This is usually sometime around October. Getting the shot this early give you full protection against the virus right from the beginning of the season as it can take about 2 weeks after the shot for the antibodies to develop and become active.

  2. Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP) Vaccine Schedule

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    As a parent, you want to make sure your kids are healthy. If you’re following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccination schedule to protect your little ones, you have probably noticed that DTaP is listed five times before the age of 6. If you are unsure about the specifics of this vaccination and the diseases it protects against, you’ve come to the right place. Pediatric Partners is here to help you learn more about the diphtheria tetanus pertussis vaccine schedule.

    Here’s a quick quiz to test your knowledge:

    What does the DTaP vaccine protect against?

    A.) Diphtheria, tetanus, and pneumonia

    B.) Dengue fever, tetanus, and polio

    C.) Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis

    Choice “c” is correct. Congratulations if you knew the answer!

    Details of the Diseases

    Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis are three bacterial diseases that can be vaccinated against with the DTaP shots. Here’s some information on each:

    • Diphtheria is a severe infection of the throat that can block the airway and make it difficult for children to breathe and swallow.
    • Tetanus is a serious nerve disease that causes painful tightening of the muscles all over the body. It can also lead to “locking” of the jaw, making a person unable to open their mouth or swallow.
    • Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection. Serious complications of pertussis can occur in children under one year of age.

    Now you are probably wondering how they’re spread. Diphtheria and pertussis are spread from person to person, while tetanus enters the body through cuts or wounds.

    Vaccination Schedule

    Five doses of DTaP are needed before your child turns 6. According to the CDC, children should get the vaccines at ages:

    • 2 months
    • 4 months
    • 6 months
    • 15-18 months
    • 4-6 years

    After the initial immunizations, a vaccine called Tdap (the booster shot) should be given around age 11-12. Older teens and adults should receive this booster shot every 10 years since protection can fade over time.

    Please note that some children should not get DTaP or should wait, so be sure to discuss the vaccination schedule with your doctor.

    Why Get Vaccinated?

    Thankfully, vaccine-preventable diseases are far less common in the United States than they used to be, but outbreaks still occur. Immunizations are a safe and effective way to help our kids stay healthy in school and prevent them from getting serious illnesses.

    In addition, childcare and schools require students to be current on vaccinations before enrolling. You can find Florida’s requirements here and information on other states here.


    According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Getting diphtheria, tetanus, or pertussis is much riskier than getting the vaccine. The risk of DTaP vaccine causing serious harm, or death, is extremely small.” You can learn about the risk factors by following this link: American Academy of Pediatrics.

    If you have any questions on DTaP or would like to schedule an appointment with one of our pediatricians, please call Pediatric Partners at 863.940.0918 or complete our online appointment request form.

  3. Whooping Cough

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    Protect Your Child from Whooping Cough

    Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory disease that is caused by a bacterium, Bordetella pertussis. It is often diagnosed by a doctor, but can also be obvious to parents once they hear the “whooping” sound made when their child begins to cough. Small children are especially susceptible to whooping cough.  This is disease is also known more commonly as pertussis.


    Whooping cough is so named for the loud whooping sound the child may make when they try to inhale to breathe. If not treated immediately, this loud, wet cough may lead to more serious breathing complications, pneumonia, or in some instances, death.

    Get vaccinated as soon as possible and Call Pediatric Partners as possible to schedule an appointment.

    One of the most obvious symptoms of whooping cough in toddlers and babies is a violent, uncontrollable cough, which often results in a coughing fit, making breathing difficult. Sometimes the baby’s cough is so violent that they may experience vomiting or even crack a rib. The cough may also be accompanied by cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose and low-grade fever.

    Because these fits are uncontrollable, it often results in the child having to take deep breaths when they can, resulting in a “whooping” sound.  Some children have a great deal of difficulty breathing when this occurs, and sometimes it causes vomiting and exhaustion.

    In babies, whooping cough can be especially deadly, as the baby may not cough, but suffer from a condition called “apnea,” in which normal breathing pauses.  Apnea is especially deadly because the baby stops breathing.  Even when breathing pauses, it can begin to cause brain damage, and this is detrimental to newborns who may not have fully developed physical systems.

    How to Protect Your Child from Whooping Cough

    The best way to protect your child from whooping cough is to have them vaccinated with the DTaP vaccine.  This is a Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis vaccine, and it helps vaccinated babies and children from all these maladies.

    As children grow into early adolescence and enter into their teen years, they may also need a pertussis booster, known as the Tdap. It is recommended that children get five doses of the DTaP vaccine, and a pediatrician can help with this scheduling.


    The best treatment for whooping cough is a round of antibiotics. Your child will have to take the entire scheduled round until the infection is cleared from their system.

    Making sure the home is free of dust, smoke and other irritants is one of the most effective ways to prevent have coughing fits. A vaporizer may help keep bronchial and nasal passages lubricated. Parents should try to keep plenty of fluids on hand, such as water or juice to avoid dehydration.

    Sometimes antibiotics can cause stomach irritation, so light foods are best. Children should be encouraged to eat small, light meals or consume soups.  If the child’s condition seems to get worse, contact a Pediatric Partners immediately.

  4. Why Your Child Needs The Flu Vaccine

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    The flu vaccine is given to children who are older than 6 months of age. Since the flu can be very dangerous for children, it is ideal to get them vaccinated before the season starts. Find out when the latest vaccine is available and schedule an appointment with the pediatrician as soon as possible so that you can start the vaccination process and get your child protected before the first outbreak begins.

    Risks of Influenza

    The most complex forms of influenza are often found in children who are below the age of 2. Kids who catch it at this young age can face a lot of complications and there are a lot of cases of hospitalization and even death that occur at this tender age. It has also been seen that most kids below the age of 5 are prone to catch various forms of this illness.

    Those who also suffer from other chronic health issues like asthma and diabetes are at a higher risk than others because it could cause different complications in the system. By ensuring that your child receives the flu vaccine every year, you will be reducing the risk of him or her catching any symptoms of flu and protecting them from a number of different illnesses.

    Types of  Flu Vaccines

    There are two commonly available types of flu vaccines.

    The trivalent vaccine will protect your child against three of the major flu viruses in the air. This consists of two influenza A type viruses and one influenza B type virus. The standard doses are made by different brands and they are each approved for different age groups.

    Quadrivalent vaccines provide protection from four of the major viruses – two of the influenza A type and two of the influenza B type. For the standard dose shot, there are certain brands that are approved for children who are over the age of 6 months while other brands are approved for those above 3 years of age. Intradermal doses and nasal sprays are also available for different age groups.

    When Your Child Should be Given the Flu Shot

    Your child needs to be protected during the flu season. It is advisable to get him or her vaccinated as soon as the latest ones are available before the fall starts. Ideally, set a vaccine schedule and aim to finish the vaccination process by October because outbreaks of flu often start towards the end of this month. Once the first flu shot is given, you will have to wait for a minimum of 28 days before you can have the second shot administered.  So if you are told that your kid needs two shots, plan accordingly so that you can get the process done as early as possible. Remember that you must get the second dose completed when necessary because he or she won’t be completely protected until both the doses are given. It will usually take about two weeks after the second dose before the protection begins.

    At Pediatric Partners, we provide high-quality treatment to keep your child healthy and happy while growing up. Our staff will ensure that you and your child are given the best treatment available. Call Pediatric Partners to schedule your appointment today.

  5. Essential Information About Flu Shots

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    The flu shot or flu vaccine can be administered to anyone right from the age of six months until death. Why would anybody want to take it? This vaccine helps to protect you from getting the influenza virus. This virus, more commonly known as the flu, has a number of variations and attacks children, adults and older people.

    At Pediatric Partners, our board certified staff always looks out for your child. We take care of your child’s medical needs right from birth to adolescence. Call Pediatric Partners to schedule your appointment today.

    Influenza can cause a lot of complications in children. If a child shows any signs of flu or flu like symptoms ranging from the common cold to a respiratory problem, it is best to take him or her to a doctor and we will tell you if and when your child can be given the vaccine.

    Best Time To Take The Flu Shot

    Since the flu vaccine is manufactured by private companies, this vaccine may not be available throughout the year. Since the shot should ideally be taken once a year, the best time to take the shot is a few weeks before the flu season starts. The flu season usually starts towards the end of the year so you should keep a look out for the vaccines before that. The immunization process would normally take a couple of weeks before the antibodies are at their optimum level in your child to fight against the flu.

    Frequency Of Vaccination

    The flu vaccine should be taken every year. The antibodies provided by the vaccine start to decline after some time so the vaccine should be given regularly in order to keep your child protected all the time. The flu shot is also improved every year based on new flu viruses that are discovered so if you want your child to be protected from these new viruses, a new shot should be given at regular intervals.

    Who Should Not Take The Flu Vaccine?

    The flu shot side effects are very few. However, there are a few cases in which this vaccine may react with your child.

    • An egg allergy: Since a lot of flu shots contain egg proteins, some children may react to these shots. However, this is very rarely a reason to not take the shot. These children simply need to be observed for a little longer after taking the vaccine and may have to wait at the doctor’s office for a little while longer.
    • Reaction to the shot: If your child has reacted to the flu vaccine before, chances are that something in the vaccine does not agree with their system and they may be told not to take the vaccine again. However, they could have just reacted to something not connected to the vaccine so the doctor will check your child before vaccinating them.


    The flu shot is important to protect a person from getting influenza. This shot can be given to children who are older than 6 months. The vaccine should be taken once a year before the flu season begins in order to give the person the best protection possible.

    If you feel like your child is a good candidate for the flu shot, come to Pediatric Partners before it is to late.

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