Immunizations are essential for protecting your child against a wide variety of diseases

Vaccinations are essential for protecting your child against a wide variety of diseases, such as measles, chickenpox, tetanus, diphtheria, flu and pertussis (whooping cough). Many of these diseases are experiencing all-time-low infection rates due to the presence of vaccines.

Prior to vaccines, children only became immune to diseases if they contracted and recovered from it. With immunizations, children can now become immune to the disease without having to be sick first.

At New Beginnings Pediatrics, we can help you to ensure that your child is up-to-date on their immunization schedule.

Immunization Schedules

Certain vaccines are most effective at certain ages. For example, children do not receive the MMR or measles vaccine until they are at least one year old. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) recommend following the immunization schedule from birth throughout childhood.

Staying up-to-date on immunization schedules is required before children can enroll in school. Additionally, some vaccines are required before your child can travel outside of the U.S. At New Beginnings Pediatrics, we can guide you through the immunizations process, explain the importance and significance of certain vaccines, and help you to understand what is required by your child’s school or travel plans.

Frequently Asked Questions

During your child’s visit with us, we are happy to answer any questions you may have, and explain the immunization process in more detail. Please see some of our frequently asked questions below:

It is possible for some vaccines to cause side effects. These effects are usually minor and include low-grade fever, fussiness and soreness at the injection site. Some vaccines cause a temporary headache, fatigue or loss of appetite. In extremely rare cases, some children may experience a severe allergic reaction or a neurological side effect, such as a seizure. Although these rare side effects are a concern, the risk of a vaccine causing serious harm or death is extremely small. The lifelong benefits of getting a vaccine greatly outweigh the possible side effects for almost all children.

Many diseases that vaccines protect children against are usually contracted at a very early age. By beginning your child’s immunization schedule early on, you ensure that your child is reaching their full immunity potential. Babies are born with strong immune systems, and they can handle more germs than what they receive from vaccines. The amount of germs in vaccines is a small percentage of the germs babies’ immune systems encounter every day.

No, vaccines do not cause autism. The study that originally made this claim has since been retracted. There is no evidence to suggest that vaccines can cause autism.

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