Safeguarding Health: The Vital Role of Childhood Vaccinations

In the heart of Pomona, NY, Dr. Andrew Satran and his team at Advanced Pediatrics of Rockland are committed to ensuring the health and well-being of children through comprehensive care, including essential vaccinations. This blog delves into the significance of immunizations and the recommended schedule to protect young lives from preventable diseases.

Understanding the Power of Vaccinations

Vaccinations are among the most significant medical advancements, drastically reducing the incidence of infectious diseases. They work by stimulating the immune system to recognize and combat pathogens without causing the disease. Dr. Satran emphasizes that vaccinations are not just crucial for individual health but also for community wellbeing by creating herd immunity.

The Recommended Vaccination Schedule

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides a comprehensive schedule for childhood vaccinations, ensuring timely protection against various diseases. This schedule is meticulously designed to offer immunity when children are most vulnerable. Dr. Satran advocates adherence to this schedule, with flexibility for any special circumstances or health concerns.

Key Vaccines in Early Childhood

  • Birth to 15 months: Vaccinations start at birth with the Hepatitis B vaccine. The first year includes vaccines for Rotavirus, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP), Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), Pneumococcal (PCV), and Poliovirus (IPV).
  • 12-23 months: This period includes shots for measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis A, and booster doses for some of the earlier vaccines.

School-age Children and Adolescents

  • 4-6 years: Boosters for DTaP, IPV, MMR, and varicella are crucial before starting school.
  • 11-12 years: Preteens receive vaccines for Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Meningococcal disease, and a Tdap booster (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis).

Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy

Despite the proven benefits, vaccine hesitancy remains a challenge. Dr. Satran engages in open discussions with parents, addressing concerns and providing evidence-based information. He emphasizes the safety and efficacy of vaccines, which undergo rigorous testing before approval.

Vaccinations and Annual Physicals

During Annual Physical exams, Dr. Satran reviews the child’s vaccination history, ensuring they are up-to-date according to the recommended schedule. These exams provide an excellent opportunity to catch up on any missed vaccines and discuss upcoming ones.

The Role of Vaccines in Preventing Outbreaks

Vaccinations have a critical role in preventing outbreaks of diseases like measles and whooping cough. These diseases, once common, have become rare thanks to widespread immunization. Dr. Satran points out that maintaining high vaccination rates is essential to avoid the resurgence of these illnesses.

Covid-19 Vaccination: An Ongoing Endeavor

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of vaccinations in combating emerging infectious diseases. Dr. Satran stays abreast of the latest guidelines and offers the Covid-19 vaccine, contributing to the broader effort to control the pandemic.

A Healthy Future with Vaccinations

In summary, childhood vaccinations are a cornerstone of preventive pediatric care. They protect not only the individual child but also the community at large. Dr. Satran’s commitment at Advanced Pediatrics of Rockland is to provide comprehensive care, including vaccinations, to ensure a healthier future for all children.

Connect with Dr. Satran

For more information on childhood vaccinations or to schedule an appointment, please call 845-364-9800.


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Vaccine Schedules
  2. World Health Organization – Benefits of Immunization
  3. American Academy of Pediatrics – Immunization Initiatives

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