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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.
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
How your pediatrician in Friendswood can help with immunizations
Managing your child’s healthcare can seem overwhelming with so many doctor appointments and dental visits to take care of. That’s where your pediatrician can help. Your pediatrician wants to partner with you to make sure your child is on schedule with one of the most important tools in healthcare, immunizations! Dr. Linda Neely-Shelmire at Good Health Pediatrics in Friendswood, TX wants to share the facts about immunizations and what they can do for your child.
Immunizations protect your child from potentially devastating and deadly diseases and conditions like meningitis and influenza. Children are at risk for serious complications from these and other medical conditions. Immunizations can spare your child from illness. Immunizations are also required for your child to attend daycare and school. When your child is protected, it protects you too!
The recommended immunizations from birth to age 18 are listed below:
- (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
To view or print a complete immunization schedule, please click on this link: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/downloads/child/0-18yrs-child-combined-schedule.pdf
Scheduling your child’s immunizations is vital because you must submit an immunization history showing your child is current on immunizations before your child can attend daycare or school. It’s a protection for your child, your child’s friends and classmates, teachers, and parents, including you!
Serious diseases like polio, mumps, and the measles have been nearly eliminated thanks to immunizations. Other diseases like hepatitis are rare in children. You don’t want your child to be at risk, and the best way to prevent illness is through immunizations.
For more information about immunizations and other pediatric medicine topics call Dr. Neely-Shelmire at Good Health Pediatrics in Friendswood, TX. Give your child the best protection with immunizations by calling today!