Common Childhood Vaccinations and Why They Matter

 When your baby is first born, some of your immune system passes to them, through the mother’s antibodies. This gives babies some limited protection against infectious diseases. However, once this temporary protection wears off, your child will need vaccines to build up their immunity. We call this process immunization.

At Dr. Soos Pediatrics, Gyula Soos, MD, FAAP supervises the vaccination of children for multiple conditions. You can trust Dr. Soos to give you the right advice about the vaccines your child needs, and to deliver their shots safely and quickly, without too much emotional distress.

Are vaccines safe?

When your child receives a vaccination, we deliver a calibrated dose of a weakened or inactivated form of the germs that cause a particular communicable disease. Your child’s immune system reacts to the weakened germs in the vaccine, building immunity to that disease. Even if your child is exposed later in life, the vaccine gives them an excellent chance of avoiding getting sick all together.

Many parents worry about the safety of vaccination. Your duty to protect and care for your child means that it’s important to do your research. Studies continue to show the safety and effectiveness of FDA-approved vaccines.

We schedule vaccines for children so that they can be maximally effective. If you can, stick to the vaccination schedule! It gives the best, safest, and most effective path to build your child’s immune system and protect them from diseases like measles and whooping cough.

What vaccines does your child need?

We typically schedule your child’s vaccines in the first few years of life, to start building up immunity right away. Most vaccinations typically occur between birth and 6 years old.

Common vaccines given in childhood include:

Some vaccines need to be given multiple times to build up full immunity. Dr. Soos can help you set up your child’s immunization schedule to best suit your calendar and your child’s medical needs. Dr. Soos typically bundles some of your child's vaccinations together, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), to cut down on the number of shots your child will need to get through.

Why vaccination matters

Vaccination has allowed us to almost totally eliminate many childhood illnesses, safeguarding your child’s health and wellness. In the past, polio and other childhood diseases caused significant loss of life and long-term disability. Today, you can protect your childhood with safe, tested vaccinations, delivered on a medically calibrated schedule for your child’s best health.

Without vaccination, your child’s immune system won’t protect them against potentially serious illnesses. Vaccination allows you to protect other members of your community, as well, reducing the circulation of illnesses like measles and whooping cough. Vaccination is one of our best tools to ensure your child’s survival and lifelong good health.

If you have any concerns about your child’s vaccinations or immunization schedule, Dr. Soos can help. Contact Dr. Soos Pediatrics this fall for expert counseling about your child’s vaccination needs, or to schedule an immunization appointment. You can book your appointment by calling our Dublin, Georgia offices, or use the online tool to book at your convenience.

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