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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
What your pediatrician in Maricopa, Arizona wants you to know
Taking care of your child’s health doesn’t have to be complicated, and your pediatricians can help make things easier. One of the most important tools in protecting your child’s health is immunizations. It is critical to keep your child up-to-date. In order to do that, you need to know what an immunization schedule should look like.
Your pediatrician Dr. Anthony DiGeorge at Southwestern Pediatrics in Maricopa, Arizona wants to share the facts about current recommendations for immunizations and why they are important.
The Centers for Disease Control, the CDC, recommends these immunizations from birth through age 18:
- (Hep B) Hepatitis B
- (Dtap) Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis
- (Hib) Haemophilus influenza type B
- (IPV) Polio
- (PCV13) Pneumococcal conjugate
- (RV) Rotavirus
- (MMR) Measles, mumps, rubella
- (Varicella) Chickenpox
- (HepA) Hepatitis A
- (HPV) Human papillomavirus
- (MCV4) Meningococcal conjugate
- (Influenza) Flu
The CDC also publishes a handy list you can view or print out by clicking on the link below:
Parents often wonder why immunizations are so important. The truth is they are the most valuable tool to prevent infectious and serious diseases like the flu, meningitis, hepatitis and many other conditions. Thanks to effective vaccines, several very serious diseases including polio and measles have almost been wiped out.
Immunizations are required for your child to enter daycare and school. When you immunize your child, you are also protecting yourself and members of your household, other children, teachers, and others your child comes into contact with.
Parents also wonder if vaccines are safe. There is a lot of conflicting information out there about immunizations. The truth is vaccines are rigorously tested for both safety and effectiveness before they are made available to the public.
To learn more about vaccines and other pediatric medicine topics, call the pediatrician Dr. Anthony DiGeorge at Southwestern Pediatrics in Maricopa, Arizona. He can help your child stay healthy, so call today!