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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.
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