Are you having back pain with any of the following?

  • Severe pain, weakness or tingling in your leg(s).
  • Difficulty stopping urination or loss of control of bladder or bowels.
  • Unexplained fever, nausea or vomiting.
  • A history of cancer or unexplained weight loss.

We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.

We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.

Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.

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Infants and Toddlers

As a parent of a baby or toddler, you may have many questions about your young ones’ development. Whether your questions are about safety, nutrition, growth, development, or sleeping through the night, we’re here to help.

Overview

One of the best ways to keep your child healthy is to stay up to date with all recommended immunizations (vaccinations). Vaccines help boost the body’s natural immune system. Children who are protected with immunizations are better able to fight off diseases if they are exposed. 

Immunizations protect your child, your family, and your community from preventable diseases.

Without vaccinations, serious illnesses that were once eradicated can return. Children and adults who are not protected can become very sick and spread illness. We have seen this happen recently, with outbreaks of pertussis (whooping cough) and measles here in California. With serious and even deadly diseases circulating, we need to protect everyone in the community and keep each other safe and healthy.

The single best way to protect your child against these illnesses is by keeping up with your child's immunizations. Download our Northern California Preventive Care App. We will send you personalized reminders when your child is due for immunizations and well visits. 

 
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Recommended Vaccines

Babies and children need a series of immunizations to protect them from serious preventable diseases. 

We follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommended schedule for vaccines. For more information and a complete schedule, please visit www.vaccines.gov. 

Protection for your baby starts at birth

We recommend all newborns receive protection against Hepatitis B, a serious liver disease. 

At the 2-month well-child visit, babies get their first series of routine immunizations.  

We will usually update your child’s shots when you come in for well-child visits.  

AgeWhenDisease (Vaccine)Important Notes
BabiesBirth 2, 4, and 6 months
  • Hepatitis B (Hep B) 
  • Haemophilius influenzae type B (HiB) 
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP) 
  • Pheumococcal conjugate (PCV13) 
  • Polio (IPV) 
  • Rotavirus
Babies are especially vulnerable to Pertussis (whooping cough). Anyone who spends time with your baby needs a Tdap booster.
Toddlers12 months
15 to 18 months

First 5 above plus:

  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) 
  • Chickenpox (Varicella Zoster) 
  • Hepatitis A (Hep A)
Proof of required shots is needed for daycare.
Preschoolers4 to 5 years
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP)
  • Polio (IPV)
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
  • Chickenpox (Varicella Zoster)
Proof of required shots is needed to register for school.

Note: Recommendations are for generally healthy children. Your child’s doctor may recommend a slightly different schedule. All children ages 6 months and older also need a flu vaccine each year.

About alternate schedules

We do not recommend deviating from the recommended schedule. Here’s why:

  • Spacing out the shots leaves your child unprotected against serious diseases when he or she is most vulnerable.
  • Combination shots reduce the total number of injections and provide safe, effective protection.
  • Multiple shots during 1 visit means fewer trips to the doctor’s office and less stress overall for your child.
  • Keeping up with the regular schedule is safest. You won’t have to worry about leaving gaps in protection.
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Keeping Up With Immunizations

We can help you stay on top of your family’s immunizations with these tools: 

  • Check your child’s immunizations online with “Preventive Health Reminders.”
  • Download our Northern California Preventive Care App. We will send personal reminders when your child is due for immunizations and well checks.

If you aren't able to set up access online, you can also contact our Appointment and Advice line to request your child’s immunization information.   

If you know your child needs immunizations but is not due for a well check, you can drop in to any Kaiser Permanente medical center, without an appointment, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. or 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays. 

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After the Shots

Most children feel fine and go right back to their usual routine. 

Others will have mild reactions, such as a sore arm, swelling at the site of the shot, or a low fever. Some babies may be fussy or sleepy afterward.

If you child does experience minor pain or fussiness, you can:

  • Apply a cold compress to the injection site.
  • Give your child a warm bath before bedtime.
  • Remove bandages.

If your child has a fever or is very uncomfortable, you can give acetaminophen once you return home. 

Our Pediatric Dosage Guide can help you determine the right amount to give your child. Remember: do not give aspirin to anyone under age 20. Do not give ibuprofen to babies under 6 months. 

Keep in mind that the risks of having mild side effects from the shots are minimal compared to the risk of getting seriously ill from diseases we can prevent. Serious side effects are very, very rare.

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Protection You Can Trust

We know you are committed to doing everything you can to keep your child healthy and safe. We are, too. 

That’s why we:

  • Protect children against serious, preventable diseases with routine immunizations.
  • Believe no child should suffer from a preventable disease when safe, effective protection is available.
  • Protect ourselves and our families with regular immunizations.

Vaccines are held to the highest standard of safety. The U.S. has the safest, most effective vaccine supply in history. Years of testing are required by law before a vaccine can be licensed. Medical experts are constantly reviewing the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. 

We understand parents are faced with conflicting information about vaccines.  

We are happy to talk with you anytime about protecting your child. Feel free to call or send a secure email.  Together, we can work to keep your child healthy. Giving your child the right immunizations at the right time protects against serious diseases.

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