100 Route 59, Suite 109
                                                                  Suffern, NY 10901


Vaccination Services

Prevent diseases in your child with vaccination services from Preferred Pediatrics of Rockland in Suffern, New York. Part of getting our children ready for school is making sure their vaccines are up-to-date.

Back-to-School Vaccines

Assuming that you children have had their routine infant vaccines from birth to two years old, the next requirement will be four-year boosters. These include a booster vaccine for measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), a booster for Varicella (chicken pox) and a booster vaccine for DPT and Polio. Many schools require proof of a TB skin test (PPD) as well.

If your child is 10 years old, the school will require a booster for Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (whooping cough). At this time, an immunization for meningitis is strongly recommended. This is especially helpful for children who live in close quarters (dormitory, sleep-away camp etc.). A vaccine to prevent Human Papilloma Virus is something for all parents of adolescents to discuss with their pediatrician.

Some parents may have questions about the need for these vaccines. Evidence is strongly in favor of their safety and effectiveness, as these diseases still exist for our children. Recent cases of measles have clustered in New York (usually imported by unimmunized children visiting from another country), a mumps outbreak occurred in Rockland County a few years ago, and Pertussis (whooping cough) outbreaks still occur. Additionally, chicken pox is usually benign, but can lead to pneumonia or encephalitis (brain infection).

In the past, parents who were fearful of vaccines could request a non-specific "religious exemption" from their school district. The New York State Department of Health is no longer routinely honoring such requests. Most parents who make such requests have to obtain legal representation to back up their request.

Contact medical office in Suffern, New York, to help your child stay healthy with vaccination services.