Common Vaccines

Menactra is a vaccine recommended for children at 11 or 12 years of age, with a booster at 16 years. It protects against meningococcal disease, including meningitis. It is contraindicated for patients who have had Guillain-Barre Syndrome. For more information on this vaccine, see http://www.menactra.com/ or http://www.chop.edu/.

Boostrix is a new vaccine available for children and adolescents 10 to 64-year-olds. This vaccine is a combination vaccine that protects against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Whooping Cough and can be given in lieu of the Tetanus Diphtheria vaccine. ADACEL vaccine is first tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (whooping cough) booster vaccine available for both adolescents and adults 10 through 64 years of age. We have Adacel available for adults as it is recommended for all household contacts of children less than 12 months of age or those due for a Tetanus booster. For more information see: http://www.boostrix.com and http://www.adacelvaccine.com.

RotaTeq is a vaccine that can help protect your infant from getting Rotavirus, a viral infection that can cause fever, vomiting, and diarrhea. The vaccine is given by mouth at 3 different times, each about one to two months apart with the first vaccine given between 6 and 12 weeks of age and the final dose by 32 weeks of age. Nearly all children become infected with the rotavirus by the time they are 5 years old.

Meningitis B (Bexsero) recommended 16-18 years, prior to college. For more information see: https://bexsero.com

Gardasil is a vaccine that helps protect against diseases caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV), including cervical cancer. For more information see: https://gardasil9.com

For more information on vaccines, don’t hesitate to call North Austin Pediatrics. 
Please visit the American Academy of Pediatrics for information regarding the recent cases of measles in the United States: AAP web page on immunizations