The Importance of Child Immunizations
By Virginia Pediatric Group
May 28, 2019
Category: Pediatrician
Tags: immunizations  

Immunizations are an important part of your children's healthcare and wellness. Immunizations protect your children and every member of immunizationsyour family and community from a range of potentially serious illnesses like meningitis, pneumonia, chicken pox, measles, mumps, whooping cough, and even seasonal flu. Infants, senior citizens, and other people with certain illnesses or weakened immune systems may not be able to receive immunizations and must rely on healthy people who can be immunized to help protect them from these vaccine-preventable diseases. Your pediatricians at Virginia Pediatric Group, Ltd. offer childhood immunization and the full range of pediatric healthcare services for children and their families in their offices located in Fairfax, Herndon, Great Falls, and Aldie, VA.

The standard vaccination schedule includes the following and is available on our website at VAPG.com. 

  • Varicella (chicken pox)
  • DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • HPV (human papillomavirus)
  • Influenza (flu)
  • Rotavirus
  • Polio
  • MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella)
  • Pneumococcal vaccine
  • Meningococcal vaccines
  • Hib vaccine

How Long Do Childhood Immunizations Last?
The vaccination schedule takes into account the variation in the duration of effective immunity and the age-related susceptibility of the diseases they protect against. Some immunizations require what is known as a booster shot, an additional dose of the vaccination applied at a specific interval after the initial vaccination to "boost" immunity and ensure that your child has ongoing protection and is adequately immunized against potentially serious illnesses like tetanus and the measles. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues updated recommendations and guidelines for vaccination and immunization schedules every year.

Adults are also advised to check on their immunization status to ensure that they have full immunity, particularly from serious illnesses like the measles and pertussis (whooping cough), which have seen an outbreak in various parts of the country in recent years. Boosters are also available for adults in order to close any gaps in immunizations.  These vaccines are available for parents through our office if desired.
For more information about the benefits of childhood immunization and other pediatric services, contact Virginia Pediatric Group, Ltd. to schedule an appointment with a pediatrician at one of our four locations by calling (703) 573-2432.

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