Immunizations from your Kansas City pediatrician provide important protection against communicable diseases such as measles, pneumonia, influenza, mumps and more. Here at Pediatric Care North (an affiliate of Children's Mercy), your team of 10 pediatricians administers vaccines according to guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Is your child on schedule with their immunizations?
Immunizations are important
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) maintains that child immunizations are critical to both individual health and the vitality of the community at large. Due to a vigorous program of vaccine administration, many serious childhood maladies have been all but eradicated in the United States. Polio and its heavy toll in terms of mortality and long-term disability is a notable example.
Child immunizations from your Kansas City pediatrician also help to protect people who are medically fragile and unable to receive vaccines themselves. Examples include cancer patients, premature infants, the elderly, or others who are immuno-suppressed. The CDC calls this kind of blanket protection "herd immunity." When enough healthy people receive their vaccines, everyone benefits.
Is your child on schedule?
Your child's doctor at Pediatric Care North will make sure of it. Here, your youngster will receive vaccines at well-child check-ups, during which your pediatrician or nurse will document the administration on the patient chart.
Schools, clubs, daycares, camps, and many other organizations that serve children and their families require documentation of child immunization administration. Pediatric Care North will provide such documentation as needed when you request it.
Regarding the vaccine schedule, most children are able to complete it as outlined by the CDC and AAP. However, if illness or other circumstance interrupts the schedule, or if a child starts the immunization process late, there is a catch-up schedule to bring him or her current.
When you follow the schedule, you ensure your baby, child or teen is protected against 15 different—and potentially dangerous—diseases. Vaccines are safe, and any reaction typically is localized (arm soreness and tenderness and/or low-grade fever).
Do you have questions?
Please call Pediatric Care North to schedule your child's next check-up. Our office in Kansas City, MO, is reachable by dialing (816) 587-3200.