January 23, 2015 —
For patient convenience, El Camino Pediatrics offers several shots on a walk-in basis where no appointment is needed. Walk-in shots are offered Monday-Friday during regular business hours.
Due to the outbreak of measles in Southern California, we will temporarily add the MMR vaccine to the list of vaccines that can be given without an appointment. *
The recommended schedule for the MMR vaccine:
1) Dose #1 is given at age 12-18 months. The child must be at least 12 months old – not a day early – for it to count as effective on school registration.
2) Dose #2 is generally given at age 4-5 years. Two doses of the MMR vaccine are necessary to be considered “up to date” with vaccines upon kindergarten entry.
3) For those who are delayed on immunizations and are trying to catch up, doses #1 and #2 need to be given at least 4 weeks apart.
*For patient safety, we do require that patients who receive a vaccine on a “walk-in” basis are up to date on their well care appointments. Also, for patients who are on an alternative vaccination schedule and are less than 6 years old, we do request a vaccine visit with one of our health care providers to ensure that vaccines are given in an appropriate/safe order.