Check-up & Vaccine Schedule

One of the purposes of routine visits is to assess your child’s growth and development at key intervals. In the first few months, these visits are more frequent because infants grow and change rapidly. At certain visits, tests will be done to check for anemia, hearing, vision and cholesterol. The schedule of office visits may change periodically due to changing recommendations for immunizations. Our current schedule of routine visits is below.

Our practice strongly believes in adherence to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for childhood immunizations. It is the policy of our practice to immunize all children as recommended within the guidelines set forth by these organizations. We do not offer non-standard or “alternative” immunization schedules, nor do we accept patients who do not vaccinate.

Vaccines: What to Expect

Typical vaccine reactions may include mild injection site redness and swelling. Fever, fussiness, crying and decreased appetite are also common and should resolve within 48 hours.  Below is a list of ways to make your child more comfortable:

Cold pack for the shot site. Use for 20 minutes at a time as needed.  This will help for soreness, redness and swelling.

Fever reducing medication (acetaminophen or ibuprofen; see dosage chart for correct dosing). This will help with fussiness, crying and soreness.

Rest and keep well hydrated. This will help with general reactions including fussiness, decreased appetite, and restless sleep.

If you feel your child is experiencing something other than a typical reaction to the vaccine, during business hours please call our office’s nurse triage line at 404-351-2244. If it is after hours, and you feel it cannot wait until the office is open, please call the main number for assistance.

Newborn

While your newborn is in the hospital, they should receive their HBV (Hepatitis B).

1 Month

Your child will receive a routine wellness check.

2 Month

Your child will receive the following immunizations: Dtap (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), HIB (heamophilus influenza type B), IPV (polio), PCV (Pneumococcal), Rotavirus and HBV (Hepatitis B).

4 Month

Your child will receive the following immunizations: Dtap (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) HIB (heamophilus influenza type B), IPV (polio), PCV (Pneumococcal), Rotavirus and HBV (Hepatitis B – if needed).

6 Month

Your child will receive the following immunizations: Dtap (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) HIB (heamophilus influenza type B), IPV (polio), PCV (Pneumococcal), and Rotavirus.

9 Month

Your child will receive the following immunizations: HBV (Hepatitis B). You will also be asked to fill out a PEDS developmental screening questionnaire during your child’s visit.

12 Month

Your child will receive the following immunizations: PCV (Pneumococcal), HAV (Hepatitis A), Varicella (Chicken Pox), and MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella). Your child will also have a finger stick to test for their hemoglobin (anemia), and a vision screen. **Must be at least 12 months for this visit.**

15 Month

Your child will receive a routine wellness check.

18 Month

Your child will receive the following immunizations: Dtap (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) HIB (heamophilus influenza type B) IPV (polio) and Men B (Meningitis B) . You will also be asked to fill out PEDS and MCHAT developmental questionnaires during your child’s visit.

24 Month

Your child will receive the following immunizations: HAV (Hepatitis A). You will also be asked to fill out PEDS and MCHAT developmental questionnaires during your child’s visit. Your chils will have a vision screen.

30 Month

Your child will receive a routine wellness check, and you will be asked to fill out a PEDS developmental screening questionnaire during your child’s visit

3 Year

Your child will have a finger stick to test for their hemoglobin (anemia), and a vision screen.

4 Year

*Your child must be at least 4 years of age before they can schedule this visit**
Your child will receive the following immunizations: Dtap (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), IPV (polio), Varicella (Chicken Pox) and MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella). They will also have a vision and hearing screening.

5 Year

Your child will have a vision and hearing screening.

6 Year

Your child will have a vision and hearing screening, and a finger stick to check their hemoglobin (anemia).

7 Year

Your child will receive a routine wellness check.

8 Year

Your child will receive a vision and hearing screening.

9 Year

Your child will get a finger stick to check their hemoglobin (anemia) and cholesterol.

10 Year

Your child will have a vision and hearing screening.

11 Year

**Your child must be at least 11 years of age before they can schedule this visit**
Your child will receive the following immunizations: Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), Menactra (Meningococcal), and HPV (Human Papilloma Virus).

12 Year

Your child will receive the following immunizations: HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) if needed. Your child will also have a finger stick to check their hemoglobin (anemia) and a vision screening.

13 Year

Your teen will have a finger stick to check hemoglobin (anemia) and will receive the immunization for HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) if needed.

14 Year

Your teen will have finger stick to check their hemoglobin (anemia) and will receive the immunization for HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) if needed. During this visit, parents will be asked to step out of the exam room for the teen to take a Teen screen and to discuss any issues they might have with their doctor.

15 Year

Your teen will have a vision screening and a finger stick to check their hemoglobin (anemia) and will receive the immunization for HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) if needed. During this visit, parents will be asked to step out of the exam room for the teen to take a Teen screen and to discuss any issues they might have with their doctor.

16 Year

Your teen will receive the following immunizations: Menactra (Meningococcal), HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) if needed. Your teen will have a finger stick to check their hemoglobin (anemia) and the office will collect a urine sample for testing that goes to an outside lab. During this visit, parents will be asked to step out of the exam room for the teen to take a Teen screen and to discuss any issues they might have with their doctor.

17 Year

Your teen will receive the following immunizations: Menactra (Meningococcal) if needed and HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) if needed. Your teen will have finger stick to check their hemoglobin (anemia) and the office will collect a urine sample for testing that goes to an outside lab. During this visit, parents will be asked to step out of the exam room for the teen to take a Teen screen and to discuss any issues they might have with their doctor.

18 Year

Your 18 year old will receive the following immunizations: Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) and Menactra (Meningococcal) if needed and HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) if needed. Your teen will have finger stick to check their hemoglobin (anemia) cholesterol, have a vision screening, and the office will collect a urine sample for testing that goes to an outside lab. During this visit, parents will be asked to step out of the exam room for your 18 year old to take a Teen screen and to discuss any issues they might have with their doctor.

19 Year

Your 19 year old will receive the following immunizations (if needed): Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) and Menactra (Meningococcal) and HPV (Human Papilloma Virus). Your 19 year old will have finger stick to check their hemoglobin (anemia), cholesterol, have a vision screening, and the office will collect a urine sample for testing that goes to an outside lab. During this visit, parents will be asked to step out of the exam room for your 19 year old to take a Teen screen and to discuss any issues they might have with their doctor.

20 Year

Your 20 year old will receive the following immunizations (if needed): Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) and Menactra (Meningococcal) and HPV (Human Papilloma Virus). Your 20 year old will have finger stick to check their hemoglobin (anemia), cholesterol, have a vision screening, and the office will collect a urine sample for testing that goes to an outside lab. During this visit, parents will be asked to step out of the exam room for your 20 year old to take a Teen screen and to discuss any issues they might have with their doctor.

Flu Vaccine

It is easy to be overwhelmed with all the you hear about Flu and the Flu vaccine, but we hope you can breathe a little easier knowing that you are doing the right things to protect your family. Each year PPP gives out more than 5000 doses of Flu vaccine; while vaccine effectiveness may vary from year to year, the shot clearly helps protect against the serious complications of Flu.  Fortunately, the vast majority of children who get the Flu weather the illness without incident.