The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices provides annual guidelines on childhood immunization schedules, which outline recommended vaccines for infants, children, teenagers and adults. Immunizations schedules are designed to ensure that your children receive the protection they need from a number of potentially serious illnesses like hepatitis, measles, chicken pox and the flu. The schedule is revised every year as a general guideline for doctors and parents, but your child's own vaccination schedule and needs may vary according to their circumstances. Dr. Alan Sheen, an immunologist and allergist in Metairie and Covington, LA, recommends discussing childhood immunization at the child's first doctor's appointment.
Childhood Immunizations in Metairie and Covington, LA
The 2018 recommended immunization schedule for children includes:
- Hep A: 12 months - 23 months
- Hep B: Birth - 3 months; 6 months - 18 months
- RV: 2 months, 4 months, 6 months
- DTaP: 2 months, 4 months, 6 months; 15 - 18 months; 4 - 6 years
- Hib: 2 months, 4 months, 6 months; 12 - 15 months
- PCV13: 2 months, 4 months, 6 months; 12 - 15 months
- IPV: 2 months, 4 months; 6 - 18 months; 4 -6 years
- Influenza: Yearly starting at 6 months
- MMR (measles, mumps, rubella): 12 - 15 months; 4 - 6 years
- Varicella: 12 - 15 months; 4 - 6 years
Many of the recommended vaccines in the immunization schedule provide an age range (12 - 15 months for example, or 4 - 6 years) when the vaccines can safely be administered depending on the child's circumstances.
Benefits of Childhood Immunizations
Having your child vaccinated is not only important for their own health and safety, they also help to protect members of your family and your community from communicable and potentially life threatening illnesses. On a practical level, childhood immunizations can also save your family time and money through missing work and school and paying for doctor's appointments and medication.
Find an Allergist and Immunologist in Metairie and Covington, LA
For more information about immunization schedules and allergy testing and treatment, contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sheen by calling (504) 456-1999 in Metairie or (985) 246-6077 in Covington.
What your allergy doctor in Metairie and Covington wants you to know
When your child is not feeling well, you want to do everything you can to make them feel better. The sneezing and sniffling could be just a cold, or it could be allergies. So how do you know if your child has allergies? Dr. Alan Sheen wants to share the signs and symptoms of allergies. He has two convenient office locations in Metairie and Covington, LA to help you and your child.
A foreign substance may cause your child to react by sneezing, coughing or other symptoms. These foreign substances are called triggers or allergens. Some common allergens and triggers include:
- Pollens from trees, grasses, and plants
- Mold, mildew, and dust
- Pet hair and dander
- Insect bites or stings
- Cigarette smoke or perfume
You should also be on the lookout for food allergies including an allergic response to:
Once your child has been exposed to an allergic substance, some common signs and symptoms your child may have allergies include:
- Coughing or sneezing
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Runny, itchy nose
- Skin rashes that itch
- A sore throat
- Breathing problems
- Stomach ache
If you notice signs and symptoms of allergies in your child, you need to call Dr. Sheen for allergy testing to find out what triggers your child’s allergies. Once the trigger is identified, it’s best to avoid the trigger if possible. In addition, Dr. Sheen may recommend:
- Prescription antihistamine medications
- Prescription decongestant medications
- Steroid nasal sprays
- Sublingual immunotherapy
You want your child to feel better, and calling your allergy doctor is the first step to finding out the source of your child’s allergies. Your child deserves a life of health and wellness so call Dr. Sheen, with offices in Metairie and Covington, LA. Call today!
Allergies don’t have to dictate what you can and can’t do. Get them under control now!
From visiting a friend’s house that is overrun with pets to just trying to enjoy the beautiful outdoors on a pollen-heavy day, there are so many reasons why your allergy symptoms might be acting up. Dr. Alan E Sheen, your ENT and allergy doctor in Metairie, LA, can tell you some of the most common allergy symptoms and what you can do to make life with allergies a bit easier on yourself.
Pinpoint Your Triggers
The next time your allergies flare up, make note of what’s around you or what activities you were doing (e.g. vacuuming; gardening). Write down any patterns you notice and discuss them with your Metairie, LA otolaryngologist to figure out what could be to blame for your allergies. Knowing what triggers your symptoms will help you avoid them altogether.
Make Changes to Your Home
It’s always a great idea to chat with your ear, nose and throat doctor about how to reduce your allergy symptoms from the comfort of your own home. After all, your home should be a comfortable abode not an allergy-riddled lair. If Fido has you sneezing, make sure he gets weekly baths and designate certain rooms as being pet-free (particularly bedrooms). Choose a HEPA-filter air conditioner that will filter out pollen and other outdoor allergens. Keep windows closed, particularly on windy days and make sure to keep all surfaces and furniture dusted and clean.
Consider Your Treatment Options
While you can certainly make a lot of lifestyle changes to improve your allergy symptoms, in most cases you may also require medication to help keep your allergies under control. You may find the proper relief through over-the-counter nasal sprays and other medications, while those with more moderate or serious allergy symptoms will want to turn to their ENT or allergy doctor to find out what prescription medication could control your allergies (or whether allergy shots are the best option).
Whether you have questions about managing your allergy symptoms or you want to find out what medication is right for you, give your ENT or allergy specialist a call today if your allergies are becoming difficult to tackle on your own. Finding the right allergy relief is just a phone call away.
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