Keep kids and teens up to date on vaccines in order to keep them healthy.
While teaching your child how to properly wash their hands and avoid touching their face are all good habits to adopt to prevent infection, it’s still important to provide your child with routine vacations throughout their childhood to protect them from dangerous and potentially life-threatening diseases. While breastfeeding does provide babies with certain antibodies, turning to our Houston, TX, pediatricians Dr. Heena Thakkar and Dr. Shilpa Pankaj for immunizations will continue to build up your child’s immunity to certain diseases.
Vaccines Save Lives
Vaccines are the single best way to protect your child from dangerous but completely preventable diseases. Immunizations have either eradicated or greatly reduced certain viruses and infections that could lead to hospitalizations, disability and even death. Since many of these viruses and infections such as meningitis are still around, by getting your child vaccinated on schedule you can prevent the infection from spreading to your child and others.
Vaccines Improve Your Child’s Natural Defenses
When a vaccine is administered into your child’s body it’s teaching their immune system to not only recognize but also fight off these foreign invaders. As a result, the body begins to produce antibodies. These antibodies will help to prevent an infection should your child ever come in contact with the virus or infection itself.
Protect Those You Love
Vaccines don’t just protect your child from dangerous illness they also protect your family and the community at large. If you have an immune-deficient family member, a senior citizen or a newborn in your household then you know that they are more susceptible to infections and viruses. We also know that newborns have to follow a vaccine schedule so they aren’t protected from many of these communicable diseases until a certain age.
To prevent other family members, friends and schoolchildren from getting sick, vaccinating your child first can prevent them from getting sick and then passing it on to other individuals for whom these diseases could be even more dangerous.
Keep Up with Immunizations
It’s also important that you are following your child immunization schedule exactly as directed by the CDC and your Houston pediatrician. It’s important that you don’t skip certain doses or delay getting them vaccinated. If it’s time for your child’s next set of immunizations make sure you don’t wait.
If it’s time to schedule your child’s next checkup or if you have questions about their vaccines or immunization schedule don’t hesitate to contact Peekaboo Pediatrics in Houston, TX, today at (713) 861-4800 to learn more.