Dr. Tom Sena

FAQ 8: Vaccine Policy

Written by Dr. Tom Sena

“Does RCAM have a vaccine policy?”

Yes first and foremost – RCAM recommends timely and thorough vaccination.

To that end, we recommend the vaccine schedule recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as shown here and below*.

Not only do we recommend this schedule to our patients – we also live it:  it should come as no surprise that this is the same schedule we follow with our own children.

In the circumstance of a parent who chooses a different schedule, RCAM requires all patients to receive the following vaccines as a minimum:

By 12 months old:

  • Up to date with Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP) vaccine (3 doses)
  • Up to date with Pneumococcal (Prevnar) vaccine (3 doses)
  • Up to date with Haemophilus influenza type B (HIB) vaccine (3 doses)
  • Up to date with Polio vaccine (3 doses)
  • Up to date with Hepatitis B vaccine (3 doses)

By 15 months old, up to date with all above vaccines and:

  • Up to date with Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine (1 dose)

By 24 months old, up to date with all above vaccines and:

  • Up to date with DTaP vaccine (1 additional dose)
  • Up to date with Pneumococcal (Prevnar) vaccine (1 additional dose)
  • Up to date with HIB vaccine (1 additional dose)
  • Up to date with Varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccine (1 dose)

By 6 years old, up to date with all above vaccines and:

  • Up to date with DTaP vaccine (1 additional dose)
  • Up to date with Polio vaccine (1 additional dose)
  • Up to date with MMR vaccine (1 additional dose)
  • Up to date with Varicella vaccine (1 additional dose)

By 13 years old, up to date with all above vaccines and:

  • Up to date with TdaP vaccine (1 dose)
  • Up to date with Meningococcal vaccine (1 dose)

* Here is the vaccine schedule recommended by RCAM as well as the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):