Doc Talk: Check-ups and Vaccinations

Doc Talk: Check-ups and Vaccinations

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The grass is turning a crispy brown, the kids are growing tired of the pool and the stores are brimming with notebooks and calculators.


School is officially just around the corner. Are your youngsters ready? Vaccinations, physicals, eye exams and even dental check-ups are required for many youngsters, depending on their age and grade level. That’s why we’ve compiled this clip-out list to help you know exactly what your child needs by which grade.


But, make your appointments as soon as possible because physicians’ days fill up very quickly at this time of year. And if you still need to find a doctor, don’t hesitate to contact St. Elizabeth Physicians for referral to a great physician close to your home.


Vaccinations:Who Needs What and When
The following vaccines are required for a child’s entrance into child care centers, certified family child care homes, preschool, or Head Start:
• Diphtheria (DTaP)
• Tetanus (DTaP)
• Pertussis (DTaP)
• Haemophilus influenza b (Hib)
• Hepatitis B
• Measles (MMR)
• Mumps (MMR)
• Rubella (MMR)
• Polio (IPV)
• Streptococcal pneumoniae
• Chickenpox (Varicella)


To enter kindergarten, children must have at least:
• Three to four doses of Hib (depends on brand)
• Two doses of varicella (or have had the illness)
• Two doses of measles, mumps and rubella
• Three doses of Hepatitis B
• Four doses of polio
• Five doses of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis


To enter sixth grade, children must have:
• Booster of tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis
• Meningococcal vaccine.
• Varicella Booster (if child hasn’t already had two doses or the illness itself)


Compiled by Jeffrey Janning, M.D. and Lesley Weghorn, M.D. with the St. Elizabeth Physicians Pediatrics office, Crestview Hills (859) 341-3383. To find a St. Elizabeth Physicians doctor near you, call: (859) 859-301-DOCS (3627).


Editor’s Note: This is a special advertising supplement, paid for St. Elizabeth Healthcare.