ACMC pediatrician: Keep up with your child’s vaccinations Dr. Shakya now seeing patients in Ashtabula and Geneva | Local News
ASHTABULA — The COVID-19 vaccine may be at the top of your list right now, but with kids back in school, parents should remember to keep track of their child’s other vaccinations, an ACMC pediatrician said.
Pediatrician, Dr. Sampurna Shakya, better known to his patients as Dr. Sam, believes that following the vaccination schedule is important, especially as children transition into the pre-teen and teen years.
“Children are going back to school full-time this fall and they need all the protection we can give them,” Shakya said. “It’s also important for teens in college to be fully vaccinated because they’re entering an environment where they’ll meet people from all over the world.”
Pediatricians in Ashtabula County still see a variety of patients with childhood illnesses that can be prevented by vaccinating a child at the right time.
“For example, we are still seeing cases of whooping cough or whooping cough, a serious respiratory disease that can spread between adults and children,” he said. “It is preventable as part of the DTaP vaccine.”
Vaccines are recommended for the following diseases:
• Measles, mumps and rubella (German measles). One vaccine protects against all three diseases. It is given in two shots.
• Polio. This vaccine is generally given in four shots.
• Pneumococcal disease. Pneumococcal bacteria can cause ear infections, meningitis, pneumonia and the blood infection bacteremia. The vaccine is given in a series of four injections.
• Diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough. One vaccine protects against all three diseases. It is given in a series of shots.
• Hib. This prevents serious infections such as meningitis and pneumonia. The Hib vaccine is given in a series.
• Hepatitis. Children need two injections to protect against hepatitis A and a series of three or four injections to protect against hepatitis B.
• Chicken-pox. A first dose is given after babies are one year old. A second dose is given later in childhood.
• Flu. Children 6 months and older should get the flu vaccine every year.
• Meningococcal disease. This protects against meningitis and blood infections.
• Rota virus. This virus causes most cases of vomiting and severe diarrhea in infants. The vaccine is given in a series of two or three doses.
• HPV. HPV (human papillomavirus) can cause cervical cancer, oropharyngeal cancer, and genital warts. Both boys and girls should receive this vaccine.
Shakya said the vaccines only protect children, they help stop the spread of these diseases.
“While all unimmunized age groups are prone to easily getting these diseases, the people most at risk are infants and children, those with weakened immune systems due to ill health, and the elderly,” he said. “We must do our part to protect our family and friends who are at risk.”
Pediatricians usually discuss the proposed vaccines at each visit to a good child. Vaccinations are scheduled based on a child’s age. If your child missed one of his or her vaccinations, the good news is that they can catch up.
Shakya sees patients in Ashtabula at the Ashtabula Clinic and, most recently, in Geneva at the Geneva Family Health Center.
Shakya works with parents to prevent illness and injury through regularly scheduled visits to the child. He has a special focus on helping children and families overcome nutritional and obesity issues and also treats allergies and eczema, asthma and chest infections, ear infections and sore throat, skin pathologies, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, developmental delays, abdominal pain, urinary tract infections. bowel problems and performs physics and immunizations.
He joined ACMC in 2020 after completing his residency at the Cleveland Clinic.
Call 440-997-6969 to make an appointment.