Vaccines for Children in Bedminster
American children routinely receive vaccines that protect them from over a dozen serious and potentially life-threatening diseases such as chicken pox, measles, polio, tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough. Thanks to years of immunization, many of these diseases have reached their lowest levels in history. Your children must receive some vaccines before they can attend school.
Vaccines Give Children Immunity
Vaccines give your child immunity to serious diseases before they occur. The only other way to achieve immunity is to actually get the disease. Decades of medical and clinical research have shown that vaccines work best when they are given at certain ages. You’ll find childhood recommended vaccination schedules on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) websites. Many vaccines grant lifetime immunity; some require booster doses.
How Does a Vaccine Work?
The human immune system recognizes germs entering the body as foreign invaders, or antigens. The healthy immune system produces just the right antibodies to fight invading antigens.
Each vaccine contains a weaker version of a virus or versions that mimic a virus. These antigens cannot produce symptoms of the disease. Instead, they stimulate the immune system to create the right antibodies, which help protect you against future exposure to that particular virus.
How Safe Are Vaccines?
Vaccines give us protection that far outweighs the very small risk of being immunized. If you have concerns or reservations about specific vaccines, talk to Dr. Agathis about them. She will give you straight answers based on her almost 30 years of medical and clinical experience and a wealth of knowledge gained from working with thousands of children and families. She will tell you about possible side effects, which commonly include a mild fever, soreness and swelling at the injection site. We are partners with you in your child’s care and are happy to discuss your concerns and address them to keep your child safe.
The Best Time to Vaccinate Your Child
As medical researchers learn more about effective immunization, they may change the official recommendations about the best time to have your child vaccinated. You’ll find the most up-to-date recommendations for early childhood and adolescent vaccinations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and CDC, or you can simply ask Dr. Agathis. Most children receive their first vaccination at birth (hepatitis B).
End your child health worries today with a visit to Allyson Agathis, MD. For more information or an appointment, please call 908-719-2626 or use our convenient Request an Appointment form.