Immunizations are one of the best ways to protect your child in their earliest and most vulnerable years. At Professional Pediatrics in Roseville, California, pediatrician Benjamin Valdez, MD, brings three decades of experience to his role as a patient-centered childcare specialist. Dr. Valdez has a nurturing and supportive approach, creating an atmosphere where parents and children feel comfortable and confident. Call the office to book your child’s immunizations appointment now.
Immunizations are shots that help your child’s immune system fight many viruses and diseases. The shots contain antigens, which are small amounts of dead or weakened versions of the germs that cause disease.
The antigens help your child’s body develop protection (immunity) against the disease. So, when your child encounters the germs they can fight them and stay healthy.
Children are especially vulnerable to communicable illnesses, like viruses, when they’re young and their immune system is still developing (up to about age 12). Also, young children are often in group environments at daycare or school, and germs spread quickly because they haven’t yet established the best hygiene habits.
Your child’s education is another important reason for childhood immunizations. All public and private schools in California adhere to the School Immunization Law, which requires children to have certain immunizations.
Immunizations are an easily-accessible way to help keep your child healthy and avoid a major (and costly) health crisis later.
Professional Pediatrics follows the immunization guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The team believes that all children should get these vaccinations at the recommended times. Some of the most common immunizations that children need include:
The AAP and CDC periodically update recommendations so your child could also need other immunizations at some point during their childhood.
Babies typically get their first immunizations at the time of birth (their first dose of hepatitis B). At your baby’s first newborn care visit, you’ll discuss the immunization schedule and learn when to bring your baby in for future shots.
In general, you’ll come to Professional Pediatrics every one to two months until your baby’s 6 months old. They receive most immunizations early in life (in their first year), but children do need additional shots at various points throughout childhood. In addition, all children need annual flu shots.
Professional Pediatrics is dedicated to making the immunization process smooth and easy for your family. The team is happy to discuss concerns and answer questions anytime. To schedule your child’s visit, call the office today.