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There is no doubt about it—immunizations save lives. However, you may have some questions about the importance of vaccines, how they work, and if it is necessary for you or your child to receive vaccinations on schedule. Find out more about immunizations and why they are so crucial to the health of you, your child, and those around you by reading below, and if you are in need of treatment, contact Town and Country Pediatric Medical Associates in San Francisco, CA, and Mill Valley, CA.
What are immunizations?
Immunizations create immunity against particular diseases or illnesses in a patient through the administration of a vaccine. Vaccinations are usually given with an injection, though some vaccines are administered orally. Thanks to immunizations, diseases like diphtheria, mumps, whooping cough, measles, polio, and even chickenpox are no longer a deadly threat to you or your children.
How do vaccines prevent disease?
Vaccines create immunity against disease by introducing tiny amounts of that disease into the body’s immune system over time. These tiny amounts are so small they do not cause symptoms, allowing the body to create antibodies without it succumbing to the illness. Imagine that your body is in training to fend off these diseases, and vaccinations are its practice sessions, preparing the body to fend off the disease for good.
Does my child really need vaccinations?
The answer is a resounding “yes.” Vaccinations not only protect your body from disease, but they also protect everyone around you. Many people cannot receive vaccinations due to underlying conditions like cancer or because they are still too young to receive their immunizations. Vaccines provide herd immunity, which keeps diseases at bay and prevents its transfer to other people.
Vaccinations in San Francisco, CA, and Mill Valley, CA
Staying on the recommended immunization schedule is crucial for the health of your child and the people around them. Find out more about immunizations and your pediatrician’s vaccine schedule with Town and Country Pediatric Medical Associates in San Francisco, CA, and Mill Valley, CA. Call (415) 666-1860 to schedule an appointment in San Francisco, CA, or (415) 383-0918 to schedule your appointment in Mill Valley, CA, today!
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