Surely, vibrant health is a blessing. At Good Health Pediatrics in Friendswood, your child's doctor, Dr. Linda Neely-Shelmire, wants to support that blessing as she administers immunizations to your children. Shielding youngsters from 18 communicable and potentially catastrophic diseases, vaccines protect each child individually and those around him or her, too.
How immunizations work
Introduced into the body, these medications arm the immune system to produce antibodies against active disease. Given at prescribed intervals as scheduled by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), childhood immunizations strengthen the defenses Nature gives us, and help your child avoid the serious complications these diseases pose.
Examples of the diseases vaccines protect against are:
- Whooping cough
- Chicken pox
At Good Health Pediatrics in Friendswood, your child's doctor and her staff give shots during well-child visits and follow the CDC/APA schedules for children birth through 6 years of age and from 7 to 18 years of age. Also, there is a published catch-up schedule for youngsters who are behind in receiving their vaccines for health reasons and other circumstances.
Reactions to vaccines
Most reactions to vaccines are localized and mild; swelling and redness at the injection site and a mild fever are the most frequent ones. Parents should remember that while any medication carries some amount of risk, the harm from communicable diseases and their complications are more threatening.
Additionally, children who do not receive their immunizations actually affect something epidemiologists--experts disease control and prevention--call herd immunity. Also termed community immunity, this concept emphasizes the importance of as many people as possible receiving vaccines. When more of a population is protected, the weak, immune-suppressed or otherwise compromised individuals (cancer patients, as examples) are indirectly shielded from disease, says the US Department of Health & Human Services.
Do you have questions about vaccines?
Then, contact Good Health Pediatrics to learn more. The doctor and her team welcome questions about important health topics, such as immunizations, at any of your youngster's well-child visits. Call us at (281) 534-9355.