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Well Child Visits

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Preparing for the Well Baby Visit

Throughout the 1st two years of life and yearly thereafter, we will schedule your infant/child for a routine well visit.  Generally, unless a special request for a consultation visit is made, 15 minutes is allocated with the provider in addition to the 5-10 minute with the nurse before and after the provider visit.  Because so much of that time spent with the provider is taken up with the physical exam, discussing developmental milestones, and anticipatory guidance, it is important for the remaining minutes to be spent judiciously with the important questions you may have.  We encourage parents to make an organized list of their most important concerns.  Should important concerns or medical issues arise that require more time, a follow-up visit or consultation visit will be arranged.  In this way, parents and patients scheduled behind your visit will not have to wait for extended periods.

Well-Checks & Immunizations

Well Child Check-Up Immunization/Lab Test Schedule
(Immunization schedules may vary according to new recommendations)
3-5 Days Yes Hepatitis B (recommended in hospital before discharge)
4 Weeks Yes Hepatitis B#2 vaccine
6-8 Weeks Yes DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), IPV (polio), Hib (Haemophilus influenza b), Prevnar (Streptococcus pneumoniae), and Rotateq (rotavirus- oral vaccine)
4 Months Yes DTaP#2, IPV#2, Hib#2, Prevnar#2, and Rotateq#2
6 Months Yes DTaP#3, IPV#3, Hib#3, Prevnar#3, and Rotateq#3
9 Months Yes Hepatitis B#3
12   Months Yes Prevnar#4, MMR, Hepatitis A#1; Hematocrit (lab draw)
15 Months Yes Varicella (chicken pox), Hib#4
18 Months Yes DTaP#4, Hepatitis A#2
2 Years Yes Hematocrit and Lead (lab draw)
3 Years Yes Start Hearing & Vision Screening for yearly checkups
4 Years Yes Consider vaccines if going to kindergarten before next check-up
5 Years Yes DTaP, IPV, MMR, Varicella; Urinalysis and Hematocrit
6-8 Years Yes
11-12 Years Yes Tdap (required before entering 6th grade) Meningococcal (Neisseria meningitidis), HPV series
14-16 Years Yes

TB test & lead level testing based on risk factors.

Physical examinations are recommended every 2 years between age 6 and 12.
Physical examinations are recommended yearly for adolescents.