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By Pediatric Associates of Davidson County
April 24, 2020
Category: Child Safety
Tags: Immunizations  

Our bodies have a built-in protection mechanism against infections. Most of the time, this immune system is more than enough to keep microorganisms out of our system. However, there are some pathogens that could overpower your children’s immune system.

One way to help your child’s immune system cope with such an invasion is through immunizations. If you’re unsure when you should get your children vaccinated, you can consult one of the pediatricians here at the Pediatric Associates of Davidson County in Nashville, TN, for the recommended immunization schedules.

How Immunizations Work

Various cells are present in the immune system, which are responsible for the removal of harmful pathogens. However, before this happens, the cells must be alerted first since the pathogen is harmful. If the cells do not recognize this, there will be no response or one would come late.

The role of vaccinations is to teach the body to identify new diseases so that it can stimulate the body to create antibodies against it. The immune cells will likewise be forced to remember antigens that result in infections. This translates to quicker response times for future infections.

Vaccinations work by using a safe form of the disease, like in the case of:

  • Sugar or protein from the pathogen makeup.
  • An inactivated or dead form of the pathogen.
  • A toxin contained in a toxoid from the pathogen.
  • A weakened version of the pathogen.

An adaptive immune response is triggered once the body reacts to the vaccination to prepare it to fight the real infection. Vaccinations will mostly be done through a two-part injection. The first contains the antigen and the second is the adjuvant. The antigen helps the immune system recognize the disease. The adjuvant, on the other hand, is responsible for signaling the body of the danger. These two help boost your child’s immunity. Ask your pediatrician in Nashville, TN, which immunizations your children need.

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By Pediatric Associates of Davidson County
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 Pediatric Associates of Davidson County
November 14, 2019
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Immunizations  

There are many ways to help keep your child healthy. Frequent handwashing, covering the mouth during coughing or sneezing, and getting plenty of rest are all excellent ways to maintain good health. In addition to these everybday habits, one of the best, and also the easiest ways to prevent the spread of disease is making sure your child is current on all immunizations.

Immunizations are a critical tool to prevent serious diseases like the flu, meningitis, hepatitis, and many others. Thanks to immunizations, diseases like polio have been virtually wiped out. Here at Pediatric Associates of Davidson County in Nashville, TN, our team of pediatricians offers a full range of children’s healthcare services, including immunizations to help your child stay healthy—read on to learn more!

How vaccinations keep your child healthy

There is a lot of false information out there about vaccines. Simply put, vaccines are one of the most important tools used today to keep your child safe from serious diseases. If you are concerned about any potential side effects, rest assured that each immunization is rigorously tested for safety and effectiveness before being approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

In addition to greatly boosting the health of your child, immunizations are also often required for your child to attend daycare or school. When your child is current on immunizations, it protects your child, you, your family, your child’s teachers, and your child’s friends from acquiring infectious, contagious diseases.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) publishes their recommendations for childhood immunizations from birth to 18 years old:

  • (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

You can view or print out this list by clicking on this link:

Time for your child's next checkup?

You want to do everything you can to keep your child healthy, and immunizations are a vitally important part of your child’s healthcare. To learn more about immunizations and how they can help your child, talk with the experts. Call the pediatricians here at Pediatric Associates of Davidson County in Nashville, TN, today at (615) 329-3595.

By Pediatric Associates of Davidson County
February 25, 2019
Category: Pediatric Health
Tags: Immunizations  

Immunizations, or childhood vaccines, are foundational to your family's health and well-being. Here at Pediatric Associates of Davidson County's Nashville office, your team of five pediatricians and their support staff recommend the vaccine schedule published by the Child ImmunizationsAmerican Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Safe and proven to limit the devastating effects of a wide range of communicable diseases, immunizations arm your child's body to fight infection and to keep the world around them healthy, too!

How immunizations work

Most childhood and adult "shots" contain a small amount of disease-carrying micro-organisms that have been severely weakened and purified into an injectable form. Post-administration, this medication stimulates the body's own defenses to produce antibodies which protect against active infection and the dangerous symptoms of diseases such as tetanus, whooping cough, measles, and chicken pox.

Additionally, childhood vaccines benefit the community at large with something called "herd immunity." When as many people as possible are vaccinated against a communicable disease, fewer people get sick overall, and therefore those who cannot receive shots due to ongoing cancer treatment or other serious reason, are protected.

While some parents worry about the possible side effects of childhood immunizations, your pediatricians wish to assure you that vaccines are safe and effective. Localized reactions, such as fever, site soreness, and tenderness, are minor, limited, and far outweighed by the benefits of these easily accessible and effective protections.

Other important information

Immunizations are required for many childhood activities such as school, sports, and participation in community organizations. Pediatric Associates of Davidson County will keep accurate records of your child's shots and give appropriate documentation to school, camp, daycare, and more as warranted.

The doctors follow the immunization schedules as published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (Birth through age 6), (Ages 7 through 18) and a catch-up schedule for children who have gotten behind in receiving their vaccines due to illness or other circumstance. Vaccines are administered during well-visits.


At Pediatric Associates of Davidson County, we welcome questions about immunizations or any other aspect of your child's healthcare. Good health begins right away, and the doctors wish to help parents in maintaining it for each and every child. Call us for your next well-child visit: (615) 329-3595.

By Pediatric Associates of Davidson County
November 16, 2018
Category: Pediatric 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.