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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
We know how important your children’s health and wellness are to you. One way to help your children be their healthiest is to have them vaccinated. Vaccines help the body develop immunization against certain diseases. Pediatricians follow the immunization schedule developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and can help you keep your children on schedule with their vaccinations. The doctors at Town and Country Pediatrics are your Mill Valley and San Francisco, CA, pediatricians for children’s vaccinations.
Types of Vaccines
The immunization schedule of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends several vaccines be administered at regular intervals beginning at birth and continuing until children are school age. Your Mill Valley and San Francisco pediatrician can provide you with a schedule of the specific ages when your child should have certain vaccines or follow-up doses. The childhood immunization schedule includes the following vaccines:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Haemophilus Influenza type b
- Diphtheria, Tetanus & Pertussis (DTaP)
- Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR)
- Inactivated Polio virus
- Pneumococcal Conjugate
- Varicella (chickenpox)
- Rotavirus (RV)
Additional vaccines are available for children at different ages, but are generally not required for school attendance as many of the other vaccines are. Your Mill Valley and San Francisco pediatrician can discuss these vaccines with you so you can decide if you would like your children to have them. Other available vaccines for children include:
- Influenza (Flu)
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV0
Many vaccinations are administered in multiple doses over the course of several months. Some vaccinations immunize against a combination of diseases, which means your children only need one shot for each dose of the vaccine. The immunization schedule developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlines the number of doses, as well as the dosing intervals, for all available vaccines. Children who receive their vaccines according to the immunization schedule finish the majority of the recommended vaccinations by the time they start school.
It is important to follow the recommended immunization schedule for your children. Doing so will protect them against a variety of serious diseases. Your pediatrician’s office can help your children stay on schedule with their vaccinations. To schedule an appointment with a pediatrician at Town and Country Pediatrics, call (415) 666-1860 for the San Francisco office, or (415) 383-0918 for the Mill Valley location.
Since the late 17th century, immunizations have been saving lives by introducing a small amount of specific antigens, or disease-causing substance, that triggers the body's production of antibodies that fight it. At Town and Country Pediatric Medical Associates in San Francisco, California, our providers believe in educating parents and caregivers on the importance of choosing a full immunization regimen for their children.
Stop the spread
Thanks to vaccinations, dreaded diseases like polio, measles, and smallpox have been eradicated from the United States. Others such as mumps and tetanus are close to being a thing of the past. However, as our world "gets smaller" and international business and vacation travel continues, your San Francisco pediatrician urges all parents and caregivers to continue to make all immunizations a priority. Contracting or passing along a dangerous disease isn't probable, but vaccination ensures that it remains unlikely or impossible.
Peace of mind
Parenting isn't easy, and it becomes even more difficult when it comes to your child's health. Anyone who has stayed up all night caring for a sick child knows the concern and worry that comes from that experience. Working with your San Francisco pediatrician to keep up-to-date on their immunizations can help ease your mind, knowing that they are protected from illnesses that otherwise could be life-threatening.
Money and life-saving
As the saying goes, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." The cost of immunizations is extremely low compared with the cost of treating diseases that require medications, doctor's visits, or hospital stays.
The pediatricians at Town and Country Pediatric Medical Associates want to help you make informed decisions about your child's health. For more information about immunizations, or to schedule an appointment, contact our office in either San Francisco or Mill Valley, California to schedule an appointment today!