Immunizations are a central part of pediatric health, and all families should bring their children in for vaccinations from the time of birth through adolescence. Gyula Soos, MD, FAAP, and the Dr. Soos Pediatrics team in Dublin, Georgia, offer the full range of childhood vaccinations, and can also address any concerns you have over immunizations in general. Book an appointment today using the simple online scheduling tool, or call during business hours to check appointment availability.
Immunizations work by training your child’s immune system to respond to a range of serious diseases. There are vaccines for numerous types of disease, and each contains a weakened or inactivated form of the germ that causes that disease.
After introducing this weakened version to the body via injection, your child’s immune system responds by creating antibodies that recognize and fight off parts of those germs. Those antibodies remain in your child’s body for life, and if exposure to the actual disease occurs, their immune system can respond quickly.
Without vaccinations, your child’s body still goes through the same process of creating antibodies. The problem is, many diseases are so strong that they can seriously harm or even kill a child before their immune system has a chance to fight back.
Kids need more vaccinations during the first few years of life. From that point forward, the number and frequency of vaccinations declines.
Some common childhood vaccinations include:
These are just some of the vaccinations your child needs as they move through the stages of childhood. Dr. Soos Pediatrics counsels you on what vaccinations your child needs and when.
In many cases, parents receive questionable information about immunization. Despite a consensus within the medical community and an extensive body of research supporting the safety and importance of immunizations, false information continues to disseminate online and through other channels.
Choosing to forego vaccination not only places your children at risk of serious harm, but it also threatens the safety of the entire population. Vaccines have made many diseases nearly unheard of in our nation, but those diseases can return if a significant portion of the population fails to get vaccinated.
To learn more about your child’s vaccination needs, call or schedule an appointment online today. The Dr. Soos Pediatrics team can review your child’s vaccination record and determine if additional vaccines are needed. If your child is behind on their shots, they can create a customized schedule to ensure optimal protection.