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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
Helping children stay healthy and happy is the top priority for the team at Pediatric Associates of Davidson County in Nashville, TN. Kids need special attention, care, and treatments because they are still developing and growing. One of the health-related issues that need to be addressed for young people is getting them immunized. Find out why immunizations are important and when you and your child should see your pediatrician.
Immunizations for Children
Diseases spread more easily among school-aged children because they are required to be in enclosed spaces with each other for long periods of time each day. Germs constantly circulate through schools, on surfaces, in the air, and through contact when kids are playing. For this reason, pediatricians, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommend immunizations for young children. The first immunizations are given shortly after birth and continue up until the age of 18.
Why They’re Important
Children are not as aware as adults of the presence of germs in their environment. Because of this, they are more prone to catching and spreading bacteria and viruses to others around them. Some health concerns are relatively minor, like the common cold, but others can be life-threatening like the measles, meningitis, and poliovirus. The CDC estimates that vaccinations will prevent over 700,000 deaths.
Commonly Suggested Immunizations
The pediatricians at Pediatric Associates of Davidson County in Nashville, TN can help you stay up to date with immunizations. Here is a short list of some of the most common immunizations that are strongly recommended for children:
- HepB and HepA
- Flu shots
- Tetanus shots
- Meningococcal vaccine (to prevent meningitis infections)
- MMR (to prevent measles, mumps, and rubella)
- HPV vaccine for children ages 11-12
Schedule Your Child’s Immunizations Today
Even if you haven’t been keeping up to date with your child’s recommended immunizations, a pediatrician at Pediatric Associates of Davidson County can help you get back on track. Call the Nashville, TN office at (615) 329-3595 to set up your next appointment.