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When your child receives necessary vaccines on schedule, it can significantly reduce their risks for health complications caused by contagious diseases. At Virginia Pediatric Group in Herndon, Fairfax, Aldie, and Great Falls, Virginia, the board-certified pediatricians strongly support vaccinating children against diseases like chickenpox, hepatitis, and the seasonal flu. They offer vaccines required by school and organized sports, and for travel outside of the United States. To schedule an appointment to discuss vaccines for your child, call the Virginia Pediatric Group office nearest you or book an appointment online today.

Vaccines Q & A

Why does my child need vaccines?

Vaccines are an effective way to protect your child from serious medical complications due to serious, contagious diseases. Vaccinating your child also protects others -- the community at large and those with weakened immune systems who can not be vaccinated -- from contagious diseases like mumps and measles.

The providers at Virginia Pediatric Group recommend vaccinating your children according to the national standards of care set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Please see our VPG Vaccination Statement for our views on childhood vaccination. (ADD LINK TO STATEMENT-NEED TO UPDATE STATEMENT WITH CURRENT PROVIDERS NAMES)

School-aged children and those participating in organized sports may need proof of vaccinations before they can register for school or activities. Your child might also need vaccines if you plan to travel with them outside of the United States.

What childhood vaccines are available?

The team at Virginia Pediatric Group offers all of the vaccines your child needs starting soon after birth and into young adulthood. 

Here are a few examples of contagious diseases these vaccines provide protection from:

  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Hepatitis
  • Rotavirus
  • Chickenpox
  • Whooping cough
  • Meningococcal pneumonia
  • COVID19
  • Influenza
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Vaccinations begin soon after birth to offer extra protection from contagious diseases, and scheduled doses continue through adulthood. The providers can establish a vaccination schedule based on your child’s age and health history.

Are vaccines safe?

It is important to speak with the providers at Virginia Pediatric Group to review the safety and benefits of each vaccine to help you make the most informed choice for your child.

Vaccines are tested extensively for safety and effectiveness before they are made available to the public. They carry minimal risk for side effects and protect your child from the more serious, long-term complications of contagious diseases. Your child might experience mild soreness and redness at the injection site that resolves on its own in a few days.

If your child is unable to receive certain vaccines due to allergies or other health issues, the providers at Virginia Pediatric Group can help you minimize risk factors to help prevent your child from getting sick.

To learn more about the benefits of vaccines or to schedule a vaccination appointment, call the Virginia Pediatric Group office nearest you or book an appointment online today.