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Vaccinations (Immunizations)

Caring for a child with a bleeding disorder often means spending time with hematologists and other specialists - but it shouldn't mean that well-baby/child care visits are neglected.

Keeping up-to-date with a child's vaccinations (also called immunizations) is a priority for any parent or guardian, including those who have a child with hemophilia or other bleeding disorder.

Well-baby/child care visits cover periodic health appointments for infants and children to promote optimal physical, emotional, and intellectual growth and development. Such health care measures include routine immunizations to prevent disease, screening procedures for early detection and treatment of other childhood illness, and parental guidance and instruction in proper nutrition, accident prevention, and specific care and rearing of the child at various stages of development.

Here are some important vaccinations:

  • Chickenpox (varicella)
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP)
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV)
  • Polio
  • Tetanus and diphtheria (Td)

Talk to your pediatrician and hematology team for more information, to voice concerns, and have your questions answered.