;e graph listing the vaccination schedule from birth to 18 years of age is incomplete
[“Take your best shot,” August 2016]. ;e
chart is missing the Rotavirus oral vaccine
and the Hib vaccine.
Since the oral Rotavirus vaccine has been
in use we have seen a signi;cant drop in hospital admissions of infants due to rotavirus
diarrhea infection. Also, the Hib vaccine has
been given since 1987 and prevents meningitis due to the Haemophilus in;uenzae type b
I am pleased that many of the recommended vaccines are available in combination vaccines so we are poking our patients
with fewer shots yet protecting them against
more serious illnesses.
I agree that parents should discuss vaccination with their child’s health care provider.
—Dr. Lisa C. Gold, Crown Point, Indiana
We thank the many attentive readers who
alerted us to this omission.—Editor
I’d like to point out that not just girls
should get the HPV vaccination. Boys of the
same age should also have protection to have
less risk for getting types of HPV that cause the
majority of HPV-related cancers and diseases.
—Michele Davis Fisher
Chapin, South Carolina
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