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By Peekaboo Pediatrics
April 10, 2020
Category: Child Care
Tags: Immunizations  

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.

By Peekaboo Pediatrics
February 01, 2019
Category: Immunizations
Tags: 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 childimmunization 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

(IPV) Polio

(PCV13) Pneumococcal conjugate

(RV) Rotavirus

(MMR) Measles, mumps, rubella

(Varicella) Chickenpox

(HepA) Hepatitis A

(HPV) Human papillomavirus

(MCV4) Meningococcal conjugate

(Influenza) Flu

You can also view or print a list of recommended immunizations by clicking on this link:

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/downloads/child/0-18yrs-child-combined-schedule.pdf

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!

By Peekaboo Pediatrics
November 16, 2018
Category: Child Safety
Tags: Immunizations   Vaccinations  

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
  • Fussiness
Partner with your child's physician
 
He or she provides the preventive care your youngster needs for a healthy life. Examinations and immunizations are just parts of the comprehensive services your family receives when you go to your local pediatrician.