Your child’s health is the most important thing, so make sure that they are getting what they need to keep leading a healthy, full life. Regular medical checkups and getting routine immunizations are crucial to your child’s health. Here at Virginia Pediatric Group with offices in Fairfax, Herndon, Great Falls, and Aldie, VA, our team of highly trained and knowledgeable pediatricians will be able to provide you with the information you need about childhood vaccines while also making sure that your child stays up to date on the immunizations they need to keep them safe from potentially serious illnesses.
During these routine well-child checkups your pediatrician will perform a comprehensive physical examination that includes monitoring their growth and development. During this checkup, your doctor may also administer any necessary vaccines as well as perform certain screenings (e.g. hearing and vision).
Vaccinations are often the best tools our doctors have against certain childhood diseases. Some vaccines can be administered in a single dose while others may require more than one shot. In order for your child to be fully immunized against the disease, all doses must be administered. If your child hasn’t received the full series of shots there is a chance that they can still catch the disease.
Some vaccines are required before your child can go to school or daycare. Our pediatrician can also provide you with additional information regarding the minimum requirements for school and daycare immunizations. Even homeschooled children will need to receive the same immunizations as children who attend school. During your child’s checkup we will provide proof of immunizations for your child’s school or daycare.
You should still make sure that you are bringing your child in at least once a year for routine checkups even if they don’t need vaccinations. A pediatrician isn’t just there to treat your child when they are sick; they can also provide your child with preventive care to reduce their risk for sickness or injury. If you have any questions or concerns, these checkups are also a great time for parents to talk with the pediatrician. These routine visits can also provide parents with the peace of mind that they need about their child’s health.
If you have questions about getting your child vaccinated or need to schedule their next checkup, call Virginia Pediatric Group in Fairfax, Herndon, Great Falls, and Aldie, VA, at (703) 573-2432.