Vaccination is the best defense parents can give their children to protect them from potentially harmful diseases. Many parents today haven't directly experienced the devastating consequences of vaccine-preventable diseases. Vaccine-preventable diseases can be very serious, and can cause complications including permanent disability, brain damage, and even death-- especially in young children and infants.
Immunizations have had an enormous impact on improving the health of children in the United States. However, we continue to have outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like pertussis, mumps, and measles, so protecting and keeping our children safe and healthy is important.
Our practice recommends that vaccines are administered to children according to the American College of Immunization Practices Schedule, which is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. (See link). Providing immunizations at the recommended ages helps to give children the maximum benefit from these vaccines. Immunizations are provided to young infants and children because they are at the greatest risk of experiencing complications related to vaccine preventable diseases.
The childhood vaccines that your child will get include:
Please ask your physician to address any concerns or questions you may have regarding vaccines. We also have several other resources for families to learn more about vaccines.
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