Learn more about childhood immunizations and how they can benefit your child’s health.
Keeping your child healthy and happy is the name of the game for all parents, and we can all agree that it’s much easier and safer to prevent illness from occurring in the first place than have to go to the hospital. From the office of our Fairfax, VA, pediatricians, find out everything you want to know about getting your child vaccinated.
Q. What is the purpose of a vaccine?
A. The purpose of immunizations is to help your little one develop the defenses necessary for their body to fight an illness. To do this, the vaccine will either administer a dead or weakened form of the virus, which will stimulate the body to produce the proper antibodies to build up immunity and to prevent your child from getting sick.
Q. Are vaccines safe?
A. Each year, millions of children are safely vaccinated without experiencing any serious effects. In fact, the benefits of keeping your child vaccinated far outweigh the cons. We know that some parents may be nervous that vaccines could cause autism or other conditions, but studies have found no link between immunizations and the development of autism.
In fact, not vaccinating your child can leave them at risk for serious and potentially fatal infections. If you have any concerns about vaccinating your child, don’t hesitate to sit down and talk with our Fairfax, VA, children’s doctors about it. We would be happy to put your mind at ease.
Q. How often should my child be immunized?
A. We know that it isn’t always easy to remember how many vaccines your child needs and when they need them throughout the course of their childhood. Luckily, the CDC offers up a simple immunization schedulefor all children under 18 years old to follow. Tack this schedule up on the fridge or someplace where you won’t forget about it!
Q. Will vaccines weaken my child’s immune system?
A. While you may think that administering a vaccine may leave your little one susceptible to other infections, this is certainly not the case. Rest assured that while the vaccine is helping your child develop the necessary antibodies to fight infection, it will not weaken their body or leave them at risk for other infections.
Q. Are there any side effects involved in getting vaccinated?
A. Most side effects associated with childhood vaccines are very minor and involve redness, swelling, or tenderness near the injection site. These side effects are self-limiting and will go away after a few hours or a couple of days. Of course, if your child develops other concerning side effects make sure to give us a call right away.
If you still have questions about immunizing your child or if you need to schedule an appointment with us, call Virginia Pediatric Group in Fairfax, VA, today at (703) 573-2432.