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By Southwestern Pediatrics
July 28, 2020
Category: Child Health Care
Pediatric Regular Check-UpsTo ensure that your child grows up healthy and strong, they need to see a pediatrician for regular check-ups, screenings, and vaccines. These well-child visits are incredibly important for your child’s health and wellbeing and begin within the first week after your child is born. Since your child will be visiting a pediatrician regularly, you must find one that fits your family’s needs. Even before your baby is born you should shop around for a pediatrician so that once your baby comes into the world you can start giving them the routine check-ups and care they need for a healthy and long life.

Getting Regular Check-ups
These routine check-ups with the pediatrician are incredibly important for your child’s health and development. Within the first few years of life, your child’s development is rapid and these check-ups allow our pediatrician to spot problems or developmental delays early. These check-ups are also focused on preventive care, which means providing your child with vaccines and screenings early on to prevent health problems in the future.

These check-ups are also important for parents, as it gives them a chance to ask questions they may have about their child’s sleeping and eating habits, or other behaviors their child may be displaying. During your child’s regular pediatric checkups, your doctor will check your child’s height, weight, vision, and hearing. These visits begin within the first five days after birth and will continue at:
  • 1 month old
  • 2 months old
  • 4 months old
  • 6 months old
  • 9 months old
  • 12 months old
  • 15 months old
  • 18 months old
  • 24 months old
  • 30 months old
  • 3 years old
Once your child turns 3 years old, they may only need to visit their pediatrician once a year for a check-up. Of course, children dealing with certain health issues may still need to come in more often for care.

Getting Vaccinated
Vaccines are also an important part of these visits, and immunizations are truly one of the best and most effective ways to keep your child healthy and free from potentially dangerous diseases such as measles, polio, and hepatitis B. Your pediatrician can provide your child with all the vaccinations they need, particularly before starting school.

Looking for a pediatrician? Need to schedule your child’s next check-ups? Our pediatric team is here to address any questions and concerns you may have. From immunizations to sports injuries, we handle it all.
By Sultan Ayoub
April 16, 2020
Category: Child Safety
Tags: Immunizations  

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.

By Sultan Ayoub
January 28, 2020
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Immunizations  

Would you like your Southwestern Pediatrics PLLC in Maricopa, AZ, to tell you more about child immunizations?

Southwestern Pediatrics staff follows immunization guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and Centers for Disease Control. According to these outlines, it is recommended that children receive a vaccine for hepatitis B right after birth and then parents need to bring children in at regular intervals up to age 18 for various other vaccines. For detailed information, visit

Here are the recommended immunization schedules for each age:

  • Follow this link for children ages 0-6
  • Follow this link for children ages 7-18
  • Follow this link for a Catch-up Schedule

How immunizations keep your child safe

Your Maricopa pediatrician provides child immunizations to help fight potentially deadly illnesses. Vaccines contain dead or weakened bacteria or viruses that when children are exposed to, boosts their immune system. Vaccines keep children and people who can't get vaccinated safe because the immune system learns how to protect the body from life-threatening and dangerous bacterial and viral invasions. This is especially important because children often have poor hygienic habits and are exposed to a multitude of germs at school.

Vaccinations prevent widespread disease and are responsible for the eradication of smallpox and other diseases, such as:

  • Polio
  • Measles
  • Tetanus
  • Influenza
  • HPV

What types of child immunizations are there?

  • Influenza (Flu)
  • Measles (MMR)
  • Meningitis (MenACWY/MenB)
  • Hepatitis B (HepB)
  • Rotavirus (RV)
  • Tetanus (DTaP)
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV for children ages nine and older)

Contact us today

Child immunizations are extremely important for your child's health—they protect children, family, friends, and those who can't receive vaccinations, such as pregnant women. If you would like to learn more about vaccinations and vaccination schedules, you need to speak with Dr. Anthony M. DiGeorge here at Southwestern Pediatrics in Maricopa, AZ. Call our office today by dialing (520) 568-9500.

By Southwestern Pediatrics PLLC
November 16, 2018
Category: Child Health
Tags: Immunizations   Vaccinations  

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
  • Fussiness
Partner with your child's physician
He or she provides the preventive care your youngster needs for a healthy life. Examinations and immunizations are just parts of the comprehensive services your family receives when you go to your local pediatrician.
By Southwestern Pediatrics PLLC
September 17, 2018
Category: Child Care

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.Immunization Shot

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!