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Ellenton Pediatrics
8425 US Highway 301 North
Parrish, Florida 34219
Board Certified in Pediatrics

Ellenton Pediatrics
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Where We Stand

Unless medically contraindicated, we firmly advocate vaccinating all children according to the schedule published by the U.S. Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

We strongly believe in the importance and safety of immunizations. Vaccinating our children may be the single most important health-promoting and life-saving intervention that we can perform as parents. Public health policy exists to promote the well being of all children. It not only protects them from the ravages of potentially life threatening diseases, but it protects others as well, including the very young, the very old, or those who have a compromised immune system, such as in cancer and immune deficiencies.

Vaccines are held to the highest standard of safety. The United States currently has the safest, most effective vaccine supply in history. Law requires years of testing before a vaccine can be licensed. Once in use, vaccines are continually monitored for safety and effectiveness. However, like any medication, vaccines can cause side effects. We recognize that there is much anti-vaccine rhetoric in the press today that has heightened parents’ concerns regarding immunizations. However, numerous worldwide scientific studies have confirmed repeatedly the safety of vaccines. Around the country, the actions of relatively few parents opposed to vaccination have put many of the most vulnerable at risk. In the face of recent outbreaks, we no longer have the option of supporting non-compliant parents. Many of our vaccine-compliant families have voiced concerns about possible exposure in our health care facilities. It is our duty to provide the safest environment possible to receive health care.

Vaccine Side Effects

Each person is unique and may react differently to vaccination. Occasionally, people who receive a vaccine do not respond to it and may still get the illness the vaccine was meant to protect them against, but usually a milder form. In most cases, vaccines are effective and cause no side effects, or only mild reactions such as fever or soreness at the injection site. Very rarely, they may experience more serious side effects, like allergic reactions. Be sure to tell us if your child has any chronic or recent health condition that may prevent him from being vaccinated, if there was any prior reaction to vaccines such as an allergy, seizures, fainting, excessive crying or Guillian-Barre Syndrome, or if the child has any known allergies to medications or food. Severe reactions to vaccines occur so rarely that the risk is difficult to calculate.

VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System)

Clinically significant adverse events that follow immunization should be reported to VAERS. Click here for online reporting to CDC or report by telephone at: 800-822-7967.

If a child has a reaction to the vaccine, you may call us, or go straight to the Emergency Room if the reaction is severe. You may ask the doctor, nurse or health department to file a VAERS form, or you may contact VAERS yourself.

Florida School Entry Required Vaccines

We share our patients’ vaccine records with Florida Shots, the statewide database. In order to see if your child has all of the vaccines needed for school or day care entrance, please check out the Florida Department of Health website [click here].

Ellenton Pediatrics Immunizations Schedule    

(The combination vaccines we use reduce the number of shots the child may need)    
2 Months Hepatitis B (HepB)
Rotavirus (RV)
Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP)
Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (Hib)
Pneumococcal (PCV)
Inactivated Poliovirus (IPV)
4 Months Hepatitis B (HepB)
Rotavirus (RV)
Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP)
Haemophilus Influenzae Type b (Hib)
Pneumococcal (PCV)
Inactivated Poliovirus (IPV)
6 Months Hepatitis B (HepB)
Rotavirus (RV)
Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP)
Haemophilus Influenzae type b (Hib)
Inactivated Poliovirus (IPV)
9 Months Pneumococcal (PCV)
12 Months Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
15 Months Haemophilus Influenzae type b (Hib)
Pneumococcal (PCV)
Hepatitis A
18 Months Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP)
2 Years Hepatitis A
4-6 Years Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP)
Inactivated Poliovirus (IPV)
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
11 Years or Older Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis Booster (Tdap)
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
Meningococcus (MCV4)
16 Years Meningococcus (MCV4)

In addition, the seasonal Influenza (Flu) Vaccine is strongly recommended
for all children older than six months.

Helpful Links

As Ben Franklin's old adage goes, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." We are passionate about protecting all children from disease, but also sensitive about educating parents through their questions and concerns. The Internet can be a tremendous resource for research and learning, but also a source of confusion through much misinformation. We hope you find these reliable, science based links helpful in addressing any apprehensions you might have about immunizing your child. Be sure to bring up with us any questions you might have at your next regularly scheduled visit.

The American Academy of Pediatrics on Immunizations, official vaccine website of the AAP, is filled with useful information on vaccine safety and disease history, as well as practical tips on how to prepare for your vaccination visit and comfort your child afterwards. Visit the AAP website for more about Healthy Children and Immunizations:
American Academy of Pediatrics on Immunizations

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Vaccines and Immunizations, the official vaccine website of the CDC contains information for parents that highlights the reasons for vaccinating your child, how vaccines work, side effects, risks, ingredients and schedules.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Vaccines and Immunizations

More Informative Links

The History of Vaccines
A website created "to provide a living,
changing chronicle of the compelling history
of vaccination ..."
 It aims to increase public knowledge and understanding of the ways in which vaccines, toxoids, and passive immunization work, how they have been developed and the role they have played in the improvement of human health.

Immunization Action Coalition

World Health Organization /
Global Vaccine Safety

Vaccine Information You Need /
Personal Testimonies

Shot by Shot: Stories of
Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

Anti-Vaccine Myths and Misinformation
A guide to the 50 most common anti-vaccine myths and misinformation. It will help you understand that vaccines are safe, are necessary, and that getting your kids vaccinated and fully protected against each and every vaccine preventable disease is the right decision to make.

Patient Portal

Our secured, HIPAA-compliant Patient Portal allows you to access your child’s key health information recorded during your visits, growth charts, immunization history, prescriptions, diagnostic test results and more. Guardians can update demographic and contact information, view upcoming appointment time and date, and request prescription refills or school entry forms. Please feel free to register as a new patient and a member of our staff will contact you. If you are an existing Ellenton Pediatrics patient, please contact us and a member of our staff will provide you with the information needed to begin using the patient portal.

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