ABC Pediatrics Fresno -  - Pediatrician

ABC Pediatrics Fresno

Pediatrician located in Fresno, CA

Immunizations protect your family and community from potentially dangerous diseases. At ABC Pediatrics Fresno in Fresno, California, Katayoon Shahinfar, MD, offers a wide range of timely immunizations for children and teens. With more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Shahinfar can safely administer vaccines for your whole family. To learn more, call ABC Pediatrics Fresno today.

Immunizations Q&A

What are immunizations?

Your child’s immune system protects their body against harmful foreign substances, such as viruses and infections. When your child comes in contact with potentially dangerous germs, their immune system releases antibodies that ward off these pathogens.

To recognize certain substances as harmful or dangerous, your child’s immune system needs to know what it’s fighting.

An immunization, or vaccination, is a preventive measure to protect against infectious diseases and viruses. 

Vaccines contain minimal amounts of specific diseases or viruses to trigger the antibodies that your child’s immune system produces. Once they have these antibodies, their immune system can protect them against these harmful substances.

Why are immunizations important?

Vaccines keep your child safe and healthy. However, they also protect your entire community against infectious diseases and viruses. When one person is immune to a potentially deadly virus, they can’t spread it to others. 

The more vaccinated individuals a community has, the less likely it is to experience a serious outbreak.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the introduction of safe vaccines has greatly minimized the spread and burden of infectious diseases, which globally reduces the rate of disability and death.

When does my child need immunizations?

Children receive immunizations at different ages. Some vaccines require only one dose, while others require a second dose. Many vaccines also need booster shots or extra doses that ensure the vaccine continues to work as it should.

The first vaccine children receive is the hepatitis B shot. Dr. Shahinfar administers this shot within your baby’s first 12 hours of life. After that, most immunizations follow a fairly strict schedule to keep your child healthy and free of disease:

2 months

  • HBV (hepatitis B)
  • IPV (inactivated poliovirus vaccine)
  • RV (rotavirus)
  • PCV (pneumococcal conjugate vaccine)
  • DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis vaccine)
  • Hib (Haemophilus influenza type b vaccine)

4 months

  • IPV (second dose)
  • RV (second dose)
  • DTaP (second dose)
  • Hib (second dose)
  • PCV (second dose)

6 months

  • IPV (third dose)
  • DTaP (third dose)
  • Hib (third dose)
  • RV (third dose)
  • PCV (third dose)
  • Flu shot (influenza)

9 months

  • HBV (third dose)

12 months

  • Chickenpox (varicella)
  • MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella)
  • HepA

15 months

  • DTaP (fourth dose)
  • PCV (fourth dose)
  • Hib (fourth dose)

18 months

  • HepA (second dose)

4 to 6 years

  • Chickenpox (second dose)
  • DTaP (fourth dose)
  • IPV (fourth dose)
  • MMR (second dose)

10 years

  • Tdap

11 years

  • HPV (human papillomavirus)
  • Meningococcal conjugate 

16 years

  • MenB (Meningococcal B)
  • Meningococcal conjugate (second dose)

To learn more about immunizations, call ABC Pediatrics Fresno.