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Can’t Keep Track Of Your Child’s Immunization Schedule? Now Try This!

By Christine Vara

Parents have so much to keep track of for their children and vaccinations are no different.  Since children may receive up to 24 vaccinations to protect them from up to 14 diseases in the first six years of their life, it is not uncommon for parents to become confused in regards to which vaccines their children need and when.    Fortunately, Every Child By Two (ECBT) understands the needs of parents and has come to their rescue.  

As part of an initiative that began during National Immunization Awareness month, ECBT has created two new tools to help parents better adhere to and comprehend the recommended childhood immunization schedule.

The first is an immunization schedule tool which can be launched from parents’ computers and smart phones, and is perfect for busy and on-the-go parents.  By entering a child’s birth date, the tool generates the recommended immunization schedule for that child.  Since the majority of immunizations occur in the early years, the tool is specifically designed to apply to children up to age six.   Parents are given the option to provide an e-mail address which enables the system to generate automatic reminders when the child is due to receive an immunization.   The reminder prompts parents to make the necessary appoinment with their health care provider and helps to ensure that children will remain up-to-date on all their important immunizations. 

Recently, Amy Pisani, Executive Director of Every Child By Two, explained this new tool in an interview with a local NBC News affiliate in CT. 

 The second tool that became availabe is a bookmark and coloring book which can be downloaded and printed by parents, health care providers, clinics and  immunization program managers. It features child-friendly language and zoo characters that remind children and their parents to protect themselves from vaccine-preventable diseases.  Why not visit the Vaccinate Your Baby website and download these tools for your child today.  As parents, we need to teach our children that immunizations are our way of protecting them from serious illness and disease.  Of course, we also encourage you to share these tools with your friends and health care providers.

  1. Tammy
    September 23, 2010 at 6:00 pm | #1

    I tried the tool but it’s not telling me which vaccines have mercury in them. How can I find this out?

  2. Dr. Roy
    September 23, 2010 at 6:39 pm | #2

    Tammy, in the United States the only vaccines that have a mercury-based preservative are some influenza vaccines. All other vaccines stopped using this preservative about ten years ago.

  3. Tammy
    September 23, 2010 at 7:16 pm | #3

    Dr Roy,

    How can I figure out which flu shots are mercury-free? Is there a list or tool somewhere?

  4. Dr. Roy
    September 23, 2010 at 8:54 pm | #4

    Tammy, all of the “Flumist” (the nasal spray style) flu vaccine is preservative-free.

    As for the shots, there are several different brands available made from different manufacturers. To my knowledge, the brands “Afluria” and “Fluzone” come in preservative-free single dose vials, though of these only Fluzone is approved for all ages in children. Other brands may also offer a preservative-free version, but I’m not as familiar with these.

  5. Dr. Roy
    September 23, 2010 at 8:55 pm | #5

    I’m sorry– I should have made this more clear: Fluzone comes in BOTH a preservative-free, single-dose vial, but ALSO a multidose vial that uses thimerosal as a preservative. So you have to ask which style of Fluzone is being used.

  6. Tammy
    September 23, 2010 at 11:35 pm | #6

    I think the tetanus booster also has mercury.

  7. Tammy
    September 24, 2010 at 10:43 am | #7

    Ok, so this tool helps parents remember to vaccinate, but what other tools are out there to help plan vaccination in advance and to research vaccine ingredients? Most parents I know, including myself, think that the schedule recommends too many vaccines at once, some of which our kids don’t need.

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