Learn more about Immunization Schedules for your child.
THE IMPORTANCE OF VACCINES
Children in the United States routinely get vaccines that protect them from more than a dozen diseases such as measles, polio, tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). Most of these diseases are now at their lowest levels in history, due to years of immunization. Children are required to get certain vaccines before they may attend school.
Vaccines help make your child immune to serious diseases without getting sick first. Without a vaccine, your child must actually get a disease in order to become immune to the germ that causes it. Vaccines work best when they are given at certain ages. For example, children do not receive the MMR or measles vaccine until they are at least one year old. If it were given earlier it might not work as well. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes a schedule for childhood vaccines.
Immunizations begin at 2 months for babies and continue throughout childhood. Immunizations help prevent serious childhood diseases such as measles, polio, hepatitis and pertussis. In accordance with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), we encourage parents to immunize their babies on the standard Immunization Schedule. If you have any questions or concerns about immunizations, we are happy to go over the safety and importance of vaccinations and provide you additional information on each vaccination.
We understand that you may have several questions regarding your baby or child receiving vaccinations. We are happy to answer any questions during an office visit. In the meantime, check out some frequently asked questions about vaccines.
Community immunity is a type of immunity that occurs when the vaccination of a significant portion of a population (also known as the herd) provides some degree of protection for individuals who have not developed immunity.
Community immunity is created when a large percentage of the population is protected by having received vaccinations against a virus or bacterium. This vaccinated community makes it difficult for a disease to spread, as there are few susceptible people left to infect.
At Beach Kids Pediatrics, we recommend staying on track with the vaccination schedule offered by the CDC. A vaccination for a disease is the only way to protect the health of your child, as vaccination offers him/her immunity to disease rather than just protection from exposure.
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