Posts for tag: Immunizations
How your pediatricians in Houston, Texas can protect your child’s health
The mother-daughter team of Dr. Heena Thakkar and Dr. Shilpa Pankaj at Peekaboo Pediatrics in Houston, Texas can protect your child against serious diseases by ensuring your child is up-to-date on child immunizations.
Immunizations are the quickest, least expensive, and easiest way to protect your child against serious diseases like polio, measles, mumps, tetanus, hepatitis, meningitis, and the flu. Thanks to immunizations, diseases like measles and polio have almost been wiped out.
Immunizations are also important to keep your child healthy and prevent transmission of diseases. When your child is immunized, your child is protected, you are protected, and anyone else your child comes into contact with is protected. That includes your child’s playmates, teachers, daycare workers and other adults and children.
In fact, your child must be current on immunizations in order to attend school and daycare. The Centers for Disease Control or CDC publishes a list of recommended immunizations from birth through age 18: The list includes:
(Hep B) Hepatitis B
(Dtap) Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis
(Hib) Haemophilus influenza type B
(PCV13) Pneumococcal conjugate
(MMR) Measles, mumps, rubella
(HepA) Hepatitis A
(HPV) Human papillomavirus
(MCV4) Meningococcal conjugate
You can also view or print a list of recommended immunizations by clicking on this link:
Some parents have questions about the safety of vaccines. The truth is, vaccines are rigorously tested for safety and effectiveness years before they are marketed, and then they must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration and made available for public use.
Immunizations are the foundation for your child’s health. They can help your child live a healthy, happy life, and help you feel relieved your child is protected. For more information about immunizations and other pediatric services, call Dr. Heena Thakkar and Dr. Shilpa Pankaj at Peekaboo Pediatrics in Houston, Texas. Don’t wait! Protect your child’s health by calling 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