Importance of Childhood Vaccines Explained
Years of research and countless studies have upheld the safety of the routine childhood vaccination schedule, specifically concluding that there is no link between vaccines and autism. At Touchpoint Pediatrics, we—along with the majority of pediatricians—believe that the risk of not vaccinating a child greatly outweighs any minor side effects that may occur from vaccines. For this reason, we recommend vaccinating according to the advised American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center for Disease Control schedule (see below). Nevertheless, we understand that some parents may be more comfortable with vaccinating according to a slower schedule. If this is your preference, we will be happy to work with you for the benefit of your child.
Recommended Vaccine Schedule
The following are the recommended vaccine schedules from the Center for Disease Control, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices:
Recommended Vaccine Schedule for Children, Birth to 6 Years
Recommended Vaccine Schedule for Children, Ages 7 to 18 Years
In addition, the following website has a wealth of reliable, scientific information regarding myths and facts about vaccines. It is administered by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, one of the most trusted and reputable pediatric hospitals in the country:
Vaccine Education Center of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
The following is a link to the current Immunization Requirements for School Attendance in New Jersey.
We encourage you to read the most current Vaccine Information Statements in English and other languages. Should you have any further questions or wish to start a vaccine schedule for your child, call our office today. We will be more than happy to assist you!