Vaccine expert says child vaccine recommendations have changed

Aug. 25, 2013 at 5:49 PM
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ROCHESTER, Minn., Aug. 25 (UPI) -- A Mayo Clinic Children's Center pediatrician advises parents there have been changes in vaccinations and changes in U.S. vaccine recommendations.

Dr. Robert Jacobson of the Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester, Minn., a vaccine specialist, says children can now be vaccinated for human papillomavirus, at age 11, rather than having to wait until they are age 16.

This change will make it easier for busy children to get their three doses of the vaccine within the recommended six months, Jacobson says.

Some vaccines are now more easily administered, Jacobson says.

"We've combined the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine with the chickenpox vaccine so a single dose will cover all four of those diseases," he says in a statement.

In addition, the diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis combination, often called the DTaP shot and given to children at age 6 and younger, can be given to new students at the same time, along with the final dose of the polio vaccine.

Jacobson suggests parents contact their family physician or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's online registry to stay informed of the recommended school admission vaccine requirements for their child.

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