Immunization is a routine part of our children’s health visits and can be distressing for both parents and their children. Continue reading for more information about what we offer at our practice.
Here is a copy of our immunization card which has a list of all vaccines offered at Frontier Kids Care. We have all the routine vaccines given by the Ministry of Health, including the seasonal Influenza vaccine when it is available. There are some extra vaccines which are not offered in the Health Clinics so just ask for any more information you may need.
There have been some changes to the schedule shown in the card below.
-At the 2 month visit, the polio vaccine given is now an injection. This means that your baby will receive 3 vaccines on that day only. All other routine polio immunizations listed on the card remain as OPV–Oral Polio Vaccine.
-In May 2018, The Ministry of Health issued a memo advising us of a change in the MMR schedule. The 2nd MMR-Measles/Mumps/Rubella, previously given at 4 1/2 – 5 yrs, will now be given at the 2 year visit. This change is to prevent endemic transmission and also the risk of possible outbreaks in the population due to recent outbreaks of Measles in the Caribbean and Latin America.
These changes have already been put in place, so feel free to contact us to make sure your child’s immunization is up to date for their age
We use a distraction technique called imaginative medicine to allay anxiety before shots are given in the older children. For the babies, a cuddle after shots is all that is needed!
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol or Panadol) may be given if a fever develops. To calculate the dose, multiply your child’s weight in kg x 10.
- Therefore, an 8 kg child, gets 80 mg = 1 dropper.
- You may expect a small lump which may last for months in injections to muscle. For any pain and swelling that may occur, put an ice pack and give some panadol. Do not rub the area.
- Extreme swelling and redness, or very high fever, should be reported right away!
Yellow Fever vaccines and sometimes MMR(Measles/Mumps/Rubella) are usually given in batches as the mixed vial only lasts 24hrs. Please try to keep the appointments for these vaccine as unused vaccines have to be discarded