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  1. Why Your Child Should Follow An Immunization Schedule

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    Although the significance of vaccinating children is widely recognized, it is also essential to understand the importance of adhering to an immunization schedule. These schedules are determined and evaluated by leading experts each year, taking the most recent scientific data into consideration. They are then approved by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Due to the scientific data and authorization that sustains the schedule, it is vital for your child to adhere to it.

    What is the importance of following an immunization schedule?

    Children are more susceptible to illness and therefore should be safeguarded from the earliest possible age. The immunization schedule is structured in such a way to ensure that your child is always protected by strategically timing vaccinations to maximize and work around their immune system. This ensures the best response during the different stages of childhood.

    Although the vaccines can seem frequent, one vaccine is sometimes not enough for certain diseases and therefore may require an entire series of shots in order to fully protect the child. The length of time in between allows space for the child to create a protective response and therefore it is important for parents to abide by this schedule because they may be placing their child at risk by missing out on a dose. The only exception for deterring from the immunization schedule is if there are medical complications such as your child being allergic to a particular ingredient in the vaccine. In this case, an alternative schedule should be recommended by a pediatrician.

    The immunization schedule is designed to guarantee that your child is safe and protected at all possible times. While the number of vaccines in such a short space of time may seem excessive, their protection is more significant. The schedule is sustained by scientific data and therefore is strongly recommended to all parents.

    Visit Pediatric Partners online for more information or to book an immunization appointment for your child!

  2. Preventive Healthcare

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    Preventive Healthcare For Your Child

    Every parent wants their child to be healthy. However, if you wait to take your child to the doctor only when he or she is ill, your child will have to suffer from the illness and then go through an entire recovery period. Preventive health care for children will keep their bodies healthier and keep them more fit and active. Healthy children are happy children.

    Schedule for Visiting the Doctor

    Babies and young children often find it difficult to express themselves and tell their parents when something is wrong. By taking your child for regular check-ups you will be able to find out if there is any problem and solve the problem as quickly as possible. Preventive care allows the doctor to examine and monitor the child regularly so that he or she is growing properly. It is also a great opportunity for the doctor to inform you about any of the latest developments in the medical field, nutrition for children and everything related to child health care that may help and it also gives you a chance to ask any questions or concerns regarding your child. Once your child gets older, a regular check-up is also good for them to ask the doctor about any concern they may have about their health and also get advice on healthy eating habits, a good lifestyle and get help with regards to understanding changes in the body.

    It is advised by the health care system to get your child in for regular check-ups 2, 4, 6 and 9 months. One check-up every 6 months or so is fine after that. Once the child is about 3 years old, an annual check-up is usually sufficient unless there are problems that need close monitoring.

    During a check-up, the doctor will take the physical measurements of the child. A good growth rate is a good way to check your child’s health. A physical examination that checks every part of your child’s body is also necessary. Motor skills are also usually checked at this time. Vision and hearing are also looked at in order to see if these senses are functioning properly. For younger children, doctors also conduct a behavioral and development assessment.  They will ask you questions regarding their talking, sleeping habits, tantrums, bed wetting and interaction with other children and adults. As the child starts to grow, the doctor may also ask questions about their hobbies, behavior with friends, performance at school, etc.

    Necessary Immunizations

    Immunizations are necessary in order to prevent dangerous diseases. The polio vaccine, Hepatitis B vaccine, DTB, HIB, chicken pox, rotavirus and pneumococcal vaccines should all be given to your child as per a schedule that will be given to you by the doctor. Stick to the schedule and follow up with any booster shots that must be given in order to keep your child safe.

    At Pediatric Partners, we take care of your child’s growth and development. Our expert team of medical professionals and staff will give your child the best possible preventive treatment along with diagnoses and treatment for diseases. Call Pediatric Partners to schedule your appointment today.

  3. Immunizations

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    WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IMMUNIZATIONS

    Immunizations are the most effective means of making a body resistant or immune to an infectious disease. There are several immunizations that are required not just for children but for adults, and for those who are planning to travel out of the country. Following an immunization schedule that is specified by your doctor is key to making sure you are fully protected from certain diseases. Most schools have immunization requirements to protect children from diseases that are easily spread.

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    SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT IMMUNIZATIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING:

    • DTP – Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis Vaccine
    • OPV- Oral Polio Vaccine
    • HIB – Haemophilus Influenzae B Vaccine
    • HBV – Hepatitis B Vaccine
    • MMR – Measles, Mumps, Rubella Vaccine
    • Varicella – Chicken Pox Vaccine

    In most cases, infant immunization begins at three months. Childhood immunizations are also done for polio, hepatitis, measles, mumps, rubella and in some cases, chicken pox. Tetanus is a disease that for which child immunization should be considered. Additionally, it is recommended that adults are immunized for tetanus and get a booster shot every 10 years.

    It is best to contact an immunization clinic and get all questions answered regarding infant and childhood immunizations, as well as schedules and immunization benefits. If you are worried about the link between child immunizations and autism, these concerns can also be addressed at the clinic. New parents will usually get details from their doctor regarding an immunization schedule for a newborn baby, who will get several immunizations during their first year of life. After that, child immunization schedules usually revolve around school requirements. Women who are considering getting pregnant are advised to be immunized against rubella, which can have harmful side effects if caught during pregnancy.

    In addition to these mandatory shots, those who are traveling outside of the country should look into travel immunizations. Many times these are part of travel requirements. Immunizations against certain diseases such as malaria are often given to those who are traveling to parts of the world where this disease is still rampant.

    To find out more about immunizations schedules and to discuss any concerns, call us today. We can review with you the types of immunizations that are suggested and required, as well as child immunization benefits.

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