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Give your child the best chance for a healthy life.
From putting up baby gates to purchasing the best car seats, parents do a lot to keep their babies healthy and safe. Of course, one of the best ways to keep your child healthy is to get them vaccinated. Read on to learn how the pediatricians here at Growing Together Pediatrics in Ocoee, FL, can protect your child with the help of immunizations.
How do vaccines work?
Vaccines work together with your child's natural defenses to help boost immunity to certain illnesses and diseases. Upon administration, vaccines introduce either a dead or weakened virus form into the body, triggering the body to produce antibodies, and thus strengthening the overall immune system.
Vaccines have eradicated or nearly eradicated diseases that decades ago led to disability, serious health complications, and even death in children and teens.
Do vaccines cause disease?
There is absolutely no way for your child to get a disease from vaccines; however, there is a slight chance that they could develop a very mild reaction from the administration. It’s important to note that even if this occurs, it’s always very mild and far less serious than if your child were to develop the actual disease.
When should my child get vaccinated?
Your child will get their first vaccines right after birth, usually when they are still in the hospital. Of course, trying to remember all the vaccines your little one will need can be nearly impossible. Fortunately, the CDC provides a recommended vaccine list. Tack this list up on your fridge so you know when it’s time to schedule your child’s next checkup.
What are the benefits of getting your child vaccinated?
The most obvious benefit is that you protect your little one from serious diseases. Of course, you also protect the community, too. Babies cannot get vaccinated against everything; therefore, they are more susceptible to certain diseases until they’ve been vaccinated.
By vaccinating young children, you can help to protect the elderly, children with compromised immune systems, and other susceptible groups that may not be able to get vaccinated.
Contact your Ocoee pediatricians today
Is it time to get your child vaccinated? Do you have questions about childhood vaccinations? If so, call Growing Together Pediatrics in Ocoee, FL, today at (407) 770-1414 to schedule a consultation with your pediatrician.
Despite all of the research supporting the effectiveness of immunizations, many parents still question the safety of vaccines for their little ones. Will they protect my infant from serious disease? Or are the vaccines themselves harmful?
Immunization is one of the best ways parents can protect their babies from serious childhood diseases ranging from tetanus and mumps to whooping cough and seasonal flu—and have been for more than 50 years. In fact, vaccinations have reduced the number of infections from vaccine-preventable diseases by more than 90%!
Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that every child receive the protection that immunization provides.
Do vaccines even work?
Yes, vaccines work every year to protect millions of children from serious illnesses. Because infants are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases, if an unvaccinated baby is exposed to a certain germ, the baby’s body may not be strong enough to fight the disease. Therefore it is very important that parents take the necessary steps to ward off harmful complications through immunization.
Are there side effects?
As with any medication, side effects can occur with vaccines. These side effects are usually very minor and include redness or tenderness at the injection site or a low fever, which indicates that the body is reacting positively to the vaccine. Most babies do not experience any side effects from vaccines, and severe reactions are very rare.
Parents have the power to protect their baby from serious illnesses. Deciding not to vaccinate your child could put him at risk for life-threatening childhood diseases. If you have questions about immunization, talk with your pediatrician. You can also visit the sites listed below for additional information and updated immunization schedules.
American Academy of Pediatrics
Food and Drug Administration
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Network for Immunization Information