Immunization Awareness

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Getting the kids ready for back to school means making time to get new clothes, supplies, back packs and more, but parents are reminded to make time to update your child’s immunizations.  ADC Circle C family practitioner Adrian Dennington, DO discusses immunizations for various age groups including college bound students and adults.

There’s a lot to do this time of the year. While August is the time to transition to back to school it’s also National Immunization Awareness Month. So if you plan to vaccinate your kids after vacation. Dr. Adrian Dennington with The Austin Diagnostic Clinic joins us to talk about why now is a good time to get it done.

Why is this the best time of year to immunize?

It’s just a good time of year, summer is over, you’re getting the kids ready for school. It’s a nice reminder to make sure to get in and get a doctor’s appointment so it’s something that is not forgotten over the years.

Kids of all ages need immunizations.

You may have children of different ages and they all require different things.
for toddler, there are a number of immunizations that come in series. When a child is two there is a series and again when they turn four years old.  Those are the main immunizations for elementary school kids.

How do you prepare kids for a shot?

Dr. Dennington says that nurses and parents help a lot. Parents can talk to the kids about the shot before preparing them for what’s coming. It may not be a fun visit but at least they know what to expect.  The Academy of Pediatrics published this article to help parents manage a child’s pain and anxiety during a shot.

For older children:

Your a kid until your 18, so they are shots until you are 18. 12 to 13 year old and older you look towards the HPV or gardasil vaccine to help prevent certain cancers in boys and girls when they are older. And for students going off to college
meningitis shots are very important.

Do adults get vaccinations too?

There are some routine vaccinations that most adults should get. The shingles vaccination is one that adults may get starting at 60. When you turn 65 a pneumonia vaccine is also recommended.

And the annual flu shot is recommended for everyone 6 months and older. Winter is coming, and it is a good way to remember in the fall to get your flu shot.

Shot schedules

The CDC does have a schedule for the recommended timing of shots for children and adults.  For those parents who may not want to stick to the schedule, Dr. Dennington recommends that individuals have that conversation with their doctor or pediatrician. He says some doctors can be very regimented with what the CDC recommends because those schedules are determined based on very good evidence. There is some variation; it just depends on the doctor.

What about parents who don’t want to vaccinate at all? Again, Dr. Dennington recommends having those conversations with your doctor so everyone is on the same page.

Gigi asks if there are some schools that require specific vaccinations and Dr. Dennington says yes.  It’s best to check with your child’s school for those specifications.


CDC Immunization Schedules – the links below will take you to the CDC site.

Dr. Adrian Dennington sees patients at ADC Circle C.  To schedule your visit contact our Call Center at 512-901-1111.