Immunizations are extremely important for the wellness of your child. As your child grows and develops, they are susceptible to viruses and disease. In the early childhood stages, your child is more vulnerable to disease because the immune system has not fully developed. Pediatric immunizations give children’s immune systems the boost needed to fight harmful diseases.
What are Immunizations?
Immunizations, also referred to as vaccinations, are injections given to patients to help their body fight disease. Immunizations are usually administered in injection form, however some can be taken orally. They contain a very small amount of weakened or dead forms of virus or bacteria. By introducing a child’s immune system to a disease in its weakened state, it allows the immune system to successfully fight the invader and build immunity to it. The next time the body comes into contact with the active form of the disease, the immune system is more prepared to fight it. Thus, immunizations can help prevent and/or limit the contraction of contagious disease and viruses.
What can immunizations protect my child from?
Your child can be protected from a number of diseases with proper immunizations. Some of these diseases may be caused by viruses, some may be caused by bacteria. Many of these diseases can be life-threatening especially to young children. Here are some of the more common diseases pediatric immunizations are designed to protect children from:
- Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
- Hepatitis B
Pediatric Immunization Schedule
A couple questions you may have are: What immunizations do they need? When do they need to be immunized next? These questions can be answered by reading through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended childhood immunization schedule. This schedule will let you when your child needs to be immunized throughout their childhood. It also maps out what type of immunization your child needs at each point in time in their pediatric years.
Wake Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC provides immunizations to children from all over the Triangle throughout their childhood. Our practice will work with you to help make sure your child stays up to date with their immunization schedule. To learn more about our pediatric immunization services, contact us today.