A big part of maintaining childhood health is having regular well visits. For infants and young children, visits are frequent in order to complete immunizations and monitor growth and development.
Children come for regular check-ups at these ages:
- 7-14 days
- 4-5 weeks
- 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 months
- Annually starting at 2 years
Most well-child visits require vaccines and some starting at 1 year of age will require finger sticks. Please refer to the immunization summary for more details.
We perform the following additional formalized screenings at multiple well-child visits in our office:
- hemoglobin (iron) and lead
- autism and development
- mental health
Receiving childhood immunizations is one of the most important things you can do to keep your child healthy.
Our practice follows the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommended schedule of immunizations. We participate in the Vaccine for Children (VFC) government program which provides many free vaccines for children in the state, including those with private insurance. Additionally, Hartford Area Pediatrics recommends and purchases several vaccines that are not covered by the VFC program.
Hartford Area Pediatrics supports using combination vaccines which incorporate multiple vaccines in a single injection. All the vaccines we carry are thimerosal-free. We understand parental anxiety regarding vaccines, but reaffirm the scientifically-proven safety and benefits of vaccines. We do not believe that vaccines are directly linked to autism, and significant side effects are extremely rare. We strongly believe that the benefit from vaccines far outweighs any potential risk. If you choose not to vaccinate your child at all we will ask you to transfer to another physician.
For more info on the recommended vaccine schedule, please refer to the following pages: