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By Children's Mercy - Pediatric Care North
April 17, 2020
Category: Child Safety
Tags: Immunizations  

To keep your child healthy and happy this involves making sure that they eat the right foods, exercise regularly and get quality sleep. Of course, visiting your pediatrician for routine checkups and care is also necessary for maintaining optimal health in your child or teen. Along with making sure that your little one is reaching those developmental milestones, our pediatricians can also protect your child from a variety of serious and potentially life threatening illnesses through regular immunizations.

What do immunizations do?

Immunizations or vaccines are used to boost the body’s natural defenses to help it properly fight infection. In order to do this, a vaccine needs to contain either a dead or weakened form of the infection. This is just enough to trigger the immune system to start producing the necessary antibodies to fight the infection without actually causing an infection. Even once the body fights off these germs it will still maintain these defenses to prevent being infected in the future.

Your child won’t build up an immediate immunity once they’ve been vaccinated. It can take up to three weeks for the body to build a complete immune response to the specific germs. Therefore, during this time it is possible that your child could still become infected with any of the viruses for which they haven’t fully been vaccinated. Each vaccine is different and your pediatrician can discuss with you the expected length of time that a vaccine will take to fully work.

Why are immunizations important?

Immunizations are one of the most effective preventive tools we have for protecting children and teens from potentially dangerous or fatal infections and diseases. Since many of these conditions can also cause serious complications including hospitalizations, getting your child vaccinated can prevent the need for extensive and expensive medical treatments.

Certain people, especially those with weakened immune systems, may not be able to get certain vaccinations. This means that they are particularly susceptible to infection. By getting more and more children vaccinated we can also protect other members of our community who can’t be vaccinated so they don’t deal with life-threatening illnesses, themselves.

We know that parents usually have a lot of questions when it comes to getting their child vaccinated and during your child’s next visit we would be happy to discuss these options with you. The CDC also has a handy immunization schedule that every family should follow to make sure that their child is getting the proper immunizations at the right time so they are always fully protected from certain illnesses and diseases.

If you have questions about the immunizations your child is supposed to be getting or if you need to schedule their next checkup call your pediatrician today.

By Children's Mercy - Pediatric Care North
November 12, 2019
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Immunizations  

Immunizations from your Kansas City pediatrician provide important protection against communicable diseases such as measles, /Immunizationpneumonia, 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.