It’s important that your children get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect them from serious illnesses.
From birth, children should be getting vaccinated by one of our Alexandria, VA pediatricians--Dr. Lisa Rainey, Dr. Perdita Taylor-Zapata or Dr. Denyse Bailey--regularly. Vaccines are designed to protect children, especially school-aged children from contracting illnesses that could pose serious long-term health risks like paralysis. It’s up to you to make sure that your child stays on schedule so that they remain healthy. Here’s what you should know about your child’s vaccination schedule:
How to Record Your Child’s Immunizations
If you need official copies of your child’s immunizations before they can go to school or summer camp, it will be easier to obtain this information if you are keeping great personal records and also keeping your child up-to-date on these inoculations.
If your child has been seeing one of our Alexandria children’s doctors for all of their immunizations, it can be as simple as asking us for a vaccination tracking card so that you can keep track of all the vaccines your child will need throughout their childhood. Of course, you can also print out the vaccine tracker from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Bring this sheet with you to your next appointment and have us fill it out. Also, be sure to note the date of each of your child’s inoculations. While it might seem like overkill at the time, you may be glad you have all this information when you need it most.
Immunizations for School-Age Children
Once your child is old enough for childcare or to start school, you may be wondering how to show proof of your child’s immunizations. Each state determines which immunizations are required before a child so they can go to school. If you are unsure which immunizations are required under the state of Virginia, don’t hesitate to ask. We know what vaccines your child will need before they enroll in school.
Don’t let your child fall behind on their immunizations. West End Pediatrics in Alexandria, VA makes it easy for children to get the care they need whenever they need it. We are happy to work with your schedule so that your little one is able to see us as soon as possible.