Why are child vaccinations essential?
Child vaccinations or immunizations can be overwhelming to a new parent. Still, it is one of the best ways that parents can protect infants, children, and teens from potentially harmful diseases.
Vaccinations not only protect your child, but they also keep other children safe by decreasing, if not eliminating, diseases that can spread from child to child.
A vaccine is a dead or weakened form of the germ that causes a particular disease. When the vaccine is introduced into the body, it jumpstarts the immune system to build up essential antibodies that will protect them from contracting the disease if and when they are exposed to it.
Most vaccines must be completed from birth up to 6 years of age, and are given at different ages, sometimes in single or multiple doses or combinations. Keeping track of your child’s vaccination schedule is primarily done by your doctor, but it does not hurt for you to keep a record yourself. Ask your doctor for an immunization record form.
In fact, you should treat your child’s vaccine record as important as his birth certificate. Keep it along with your other important documents, as most states will not let your child start school without a complete immunization record.
Recently, vaccines have been found in the midst of controversies over their safety. To date, however, no convincing evidence of harm has yet been found, and the benefits far outweigh any possible adverse effects.
Routine and Recommended Childhood Vaccination
At Children’s Medical, we offer routine and recommended childhood vaccinations for children from birth to age 18.
We also offer low-cost immunization for children who are uninsured, under-insured, or have Medicaid.
Comprehensive travel vaccinations, health consultation, education, and expert advice for those who want to travel to exotic places throughout the world are also available.
At Children’s Medical, your child’s safety is our priority.