Why Immunizations Are Important
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommends scheduled immunizations for children starting from birth all the way up to age 18. Understand why immunizations are important and how you can have your child immunized by a doctor at Children’s Clinic La Jolla in La Jolla, CA.
Types of Immunizations
There are over a dozen different vaccinations recommended for children of various ages. The CDC publishes a schedule for kids ages 0-6 years old, and another for 7-18 year-old patients. These are some of the most recognizable immunizations:
- HPV (Human papillomavirus)
- Influenza shots
- Measles and mumps
Why Is It Important to Get Immunized?
Immunization is a protection both for your child and the other children they will come in contact with, so it is both a personal and public health issue. The shots help build up the child’s immunity to diseases, training their systems to handily and quickly fight off viruses, bacteria, and infections. Schools often require proof of immunizations as a condition of enrollment—especially if the child plans to participate in contact sports. Talk to your La Jolla, CA pediatrician at your child’s next checkup appointment to have any of your concerns about immunizations alleviated.
Keeping Up with Your Child’s Immunization Schedule
It can be confusing to stay on track with your child’s scheduled immunizations, so ask your pediatrician to provide you with a calendar. If you miss one immunization, don’t worry. Just visit your child’s doctor as soon as possible to get caught up. There’s a special catch up schedule for children who start getting immunizations later than recommended or who are over a month behind schedule.
Call for Your Child's Immunizations
Your appointment to have your child immunized will likely be a quick and simple experience. The pediatricians at Children’s Clinic La Jolla in La Jolla, CA are committed to keeping your children healthy and happy in a child-friendly environment. Call (858) 459-KIDS (5437) today to schedule your visit.