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To keep your child healthy and happy this involves making sure that they eat the right foods, exercise regularly and get quality sleep. Of course, visiting your pediatrician for routine checkups and care is also necessary for maintaining optimal health in your child or teen. Along with making sure that your little one is reaching those developmental milestones, our pediatricians can also protect your child from a variety of serious and potentially life threatening illnesses through regular immunizations.
What do immunizations do?
Immunizations or vaccines are used to boost the body’s natural defenses to help it properly fight infection. In order to do this, a vaccine needs to contain either a dead or weakened form of the infection. This is just enough to trigger the immune system to start producing the necessary antibodies to fight the infection without actually causing an infection. Even once the body fights off these germs it will still maintain these defenses to prevent being infected in the future.
Your child won’t build up an immediate immunity once they’ve been vaccinated. It can take up to three weeks for the body to build a complete immune response to the specific germs. Therefore, during this time it is possible that your child could still become infected with any of the viruses for which they haven’t fully been vaccinated. Each vaccine is different and your pediatrician can discuss with you the expected length of time that a vaccine will take to fully work.
Why are immunizations important?
Immunizations are one of the most effective preventive tools we have for protecting children and teens from potentially dangerous or fatal infections and diseases. Since many of these conditions can also cause serious complications including hospitalizations, getting your child vaccinated can prevent the need for extensive and expensive medical treatments.
Certain people, especially those with weakened immune systems, may not be able to get certain vaccinations. This means that they are particularly susceptible to infection. By getting more and more children vaccinated we can also protect other members of our community who can’t be vaccinated so they don’t deal with life-threatening illnesses, themselves.
We know that parents usually have a lot of questions when it comes to getting their child vaccinated and during your child’s next visit we would be happy to discuss these options with you. The CDC also has a handy immunization schedule that every family should follow to make sure that their child is getting the proper immunizations at the right time so they are always fully protected from certain illnesses and diseases.
If you have questions about the immunizations your child is supposed to be getting or if you need to schedule their next checkup call your pediatrician today.
The importance of immunizations
Childhood immunizations are one of the most important safeguards against communicable diseases and their serious, long-term complications. Your pediatrician closely adheres to the vaccination schedules published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Why? Well, there's nothing more important than your youngster's health and well-being, and immunizations effectively guard them.
Just what is an immunization?
Most immunizations are given as "shots," or injections, but some, such as the Rotavirus vaccine, are oral medications. However administered, vaccines boost your child's immune system in its battle against diseases which easily spread from person to person.
Each vaccine contains a small amount of a killed or weakened micro-organisms. These altered viruses or bacteria raise the body's defenses against a particular illness such as chicken pox. pneumonia, polio, tetanus, and more...up to 14 in all by time your child is two years old, says the CDC.
Are immunizations necessary?
Your pediatrician, his or her colleagues and decades of research prove that vaccines protect the health of individual children and of the community at large. Also called herd immunity, community immunity works best when as many babies and youngsters receive all their "shots" on schedule. Community immunity protects youngsters who cannot receive vaccines because of cancer treatment, HIV infection or other serious reason. It also shields the general population when people travel from countries which cannot provide access to these important medications.
Both the AAP and the CDC publish and recommend set vaccine schedules carried out at well-baby and well-child visits at the doctor's office. In addition, there is a "catch-up" schedule for children who have begun their immunizations late or had them interrupted by illness or other serious concern.
Your pediatrician's services
They're so important. Your child's doctor keeps your child's immunization records and can distribute them to schools, camps, college, sports, daycare and other organizations who require proof of up-to-date vaccines. The doctor also monitors your child for any adverse reactions, although typically, vaccines produce no more than:
- Localized redness and soreness at the injection site
- Low grade fever
- Pain and swelling
Are you one of the many parents worried about giving your child his or her vaccines? If so, you aren't alone. Every year, doctors see patients who express concern or flat-out refuse to vaccinate their children. Thankfully, however, many of the concerns about vaccines are based on misinformation. Here are four very common vaccine myths, as well as the truth that refutes them!
1. Vaccines Cause Autism and Other Disorders
While autism has been on the rise lately, it isn't because of vaccinations. The study that expressed concern about the link between the two was based on poor quality research and was later retracted. Unfortunately, this was not until after vaccine critics heard the news and a false reputation for autism causation spread. The fact of the matter is that the link between autism and vaccines has been unequivocally refuted by good research, and no sound link between the two has ever been established.
2. The Diseases that Vaccines Prevent Aren't a Threat Anymore
While it's true that most of the diseases vaccines are intended to treat are no longer a major public health concern today, this is, in fact, thanks to continuous vaccinations! By no means does this mean that these diseases are gone for good. In fact, outbreaks still happen in areas when communities fail to vaccinate on schedule. Steady vaccination creates an effect called 'herd immunity,' where, because most individuals are vaccinated, those who cannot be (caused by a variety of factors, including ongoing cancer treatment or autoimmune disorders) are still protected from deadly diseases. Not only is vaccinating your child keeping them safe, it's the responsible choice to protect your friends and neighbors. Help those who cannot help themselves by getting your child vaccinated!
3. Having Too Many Vaccines at Once Will Harm My Child's Immune System
While the number of vaccines children receive can be overwhelming, that doesn't mean they are unsafe. Children are exposed to thousands of new germs throughout their childhoods, and their bodies are used to encountering them and dealing with them all at once. It's no different with vaccines.
4. It's Safer to Wait Until Children are Older to Vaccinate Them
If we knew exactly when children would be exposed to a terrible disease and which disease it would be in advance, it would be easy to vaccinate them right before they were exposed. The reality, however, is that we never know what children will be exposed to and when. The sooner they are vaccinated, the greater the chances that their bodies will be prepared whenever and if ever they are exposed.
Vaccines may seem frightening, but don't let the myths scare you away. When it comes to keeping your children healthy, vaccines are the way to go.
Learn more about important immunizations and when your child needs them.
While no one likes getting needles they are an important part of keeping your child or teenager healthy. There are so many life-threatening and serious conditions that could affect your child’s health if they don’t get the proper vaccinations. Fortunately, seeing your 7 Day Pediatrics pediatrician regularly will ensure that your child is up to date on all of their vaccinations. Here is the vaccination schedule you should follow.
After your baby is born they will usually come in for their first visit within the first 24 hours after being discharged from the hospital. During this time they should receive the first dose of the Hepatitis B vaccine.
1-2 months old
At this point your child should receive the second round of their Hepatitis B vaccine.
2 and 4 months old
Two and four months are important ages for your little one because they will require several difference vaccines including:
- Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTap)
- H. influenza type b (Hib)
- Polio (IPV)
- Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV)
- Rotavirus (RV)
6 months old
This is about the time that your child will get the third dose of DTap, Hib, PCV and RV. You should also consider getting your child vaccinated every year for the flu.
During this time your child will get the last dose of the Hepatitis b vaccine, as well as the second half of the polio vaccine.
12-15 months old
Now is the time to get your child vaccinated for the chickenpox. They will also get the final round of the Hib vaccine, as well as measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and the third round of the PCV vaccine.
During this period your little one will receive the Hepatitis A vaccine. This vaccine comes in two parts, which will be given about 6 months apart or more from each other.
The only vaccine your child will need during this time is DTap.
This is another important stretch for your child as they will need to get the DTap, MMR, IPV and varicella vaccines during this period of time.
Beside the DTaP and meningococcal vaccinations, it’s also a good idea to talk to your child’s doctor about whether they should be vaccinated for HPV. This vaccine can protect teenage boys and girls from genital warts and certain forms of cancer.
Your teen will need to get the meningococcal B vaccine (which comes in either two or three doses). This immunization isn’t always necessary so your pediatrician will tell you whether your child should get it.
Do you have questions about your child’s vaccinations? Do you need to schedule your child or teen’s next doctor’s appointment? Turn to a 7 Day Pediatrics pediatrician you can trust to get the best care possible time and time again. Vaccines are a surefire way to keep your children healthy as they continue to grow.
Immunizations are an essential part of well-child care. Proper immunizations protect the health of the individual child and protect all children in the community as a whole. Many parents have concerns about immunizations, and may choose to not immunize their children, but it is important to fully understand each immunization. As a parent, you are encouraged to talk to your pediatrician for more information on proper immunization scheduling for your child.
Immunizations for Teenagers and Young Adults
Many parents only think of vaccines as something needed for infants and young children, and that they are less important later in life. However, teenagers and young adults often get a number of vaccine-preventable diseases, including hepatitis B, measles, German measles and chickenpox. Teens and young adults need protection against infectious illnesses as well.
Teenagers are encouraged to see their pediatrician or other physician on a regular basis and should keep an updated record of their immunizations. Many will need more vaccinations as teenagers, particularly if they have not been previously vaccinated against hepatitis B or chickenpox. Important vaccines for your teenager include:
- Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR)
- Tetanus-diptheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) or tetanus-diptheria (Td) booster
- Hepatitis A
As a responsible parent, it is important for you to be fully informed on the vaccines offered for your child. If you have any questions or concerns, you can talk with your pediatrician.