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By Virginia Pediatric Group
April 16, 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 Virginia Pediatric Group
January 24, 2020
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: immunizations  

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.

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.

By Virginia Pediatric Group
January 14, 2019
Category: Child Health
Tags: immunizations   Vaccines  

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 Child Immunizationseverything 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.

By Virginia Pediatric Group
November 16, 2018
Category: Child Health
Tags: immunizations   Vaccinations  

The importance of immunizations

Childhood immunizations are one of the most important safeguards against communicable diseases and their serious, long-term complications. Your pediatrician closely adheres to the vaccination schedules published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Why? Well, there's nothing more important than your youngster's health and well-being, and immunizations effectively guard them.

Just what is an immunization?

Most immunizations are given as "shots," or injections, but some, such as the Rotavirus vaccine, are oral medications. However administered, vaccines boost your child's immune system in its battle against diseases which easily spread from person to person.

Each vaccine contains a small amount of a killed or weakened micro-organisms. These altered viruses or bacteria raise the body's defenses against a particular illness such as chicken pox. pneumonia, polio, tetanus, and more...up to 14 in all by time your child is two years old, says the CDC.

Are immunizations necessary?

Your pediatrician, his or her colleagues and decades of research prove that vaccines protect the health of individual children and of the community at large. Also called herd immunity, community immunity works best when as many babies and youngsters receive all their "shots" on schedule. Community immunity protects youngsters who cannot receive vaccines because of cancer treatment, HIV infection or other serious reason. It also shields the general population when people travel from countries which cannot provide access to these important medications.

Both the AAP and the CDC publish and recommend set vaccine schedules carried out at well-baby and well-child visits at the doctor's office. In addition, there is a "catch-up" schedule for children who have begun their immunizations late or had them interrupted by illness or other serious concern.

Your pediatrician's services

They're so important. Your child's doctor keeps your child's immunization records and can distribute them to schools, camps, college, sports, daycare and other organizations who require proof of up-to-date vaccines. The doctor also monitors your child for any adverse reactions, although typically, vaccines produce no more than:

  • Localized redness and soreness at the injection site
  • Low grade fever
  • Pain and swelling
  • Fussiness
Partner with your child's physician
 
He or she provides the preventive care your youngster needs for a healthy life. Examinations and immunizations are just parts of the comprehensive services your family receives when you go to your local pediatrician.