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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.

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  2. Immunizations are Important

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    Immunizations protect children from diseases that were once widespread and have saved thousands of lives. Vaccinations work by introducing weakened versions of viruses into the system. Although the virus injected is not strong enough to produce symptoms, it does trigger the release of antibodies which then protects the body from becoming susceptible to the virus in the future. The first vaccine was created by Dr. Edward Jenner and was made from a cowpox virus to protect humans against smallpox. The term vaccine is derived from the latin word vacca, which means cow.

    There are 16 preventable diseases that are vaccinated against during childhood. These diseases include hepatitis A and B, varicella (chicken pox), tetanus, diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumococcal disease, polio, rotavirus, Haemophilus influenzae type b, and influenza. Many of these viruses are spread simply through coughing or sneezing, so it’s imperative to protect your child via vaccination.

    The Childhood Immunization Schedule is evaluated by experts each year, taking into account the most recent scientific data. Once set, the schedule is approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Center for Disease Control, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. Immunizations are scheduled to provide protection when infants and children need it most, while taking into account the immune system and when the body will best respond to the doses. Children receive their first vaccine within days of being born, with additional doses at two, four, six, 12, and 15 months. Boosters are recommended at ages four to six, and flu vaccines are administered every winter.

    Although vaccines have been instrumental in eradicating many diseases that were once life threatening, there are parents who remain skeptical and choose not to vaccinate their children. Those who oppose childhood immunization sometimes claim that certain diseases are no longer a threat, and vaccinations aren’t necessary. However, it must be taken into consideration that these diseases are no longer prevalent because of vaccines, not in spite of them.

    The benefits of vaccinating your child far outweigh the potential risks and common side effects. Contact Pediatric Partners to schedule your child’s well-child checkup or immunization visit, and make sure that your little one is protected!

  3. Timing is Everything: Keeping Your Child’s Vaccination Schedule on Track

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    Vaccinations protect against many infections including pertussis, mumps, measles, and even polio and diphtheria. Despite the fact that many of these diseases now seem archaic, it is important that your child receive vaccines in accordance with the vaccination schedule set out by the Center for Disease Prevention and the American Association of Pediatrics. Why is the timing important?

    Optimal Immune System Response

    The schedule set out by the CDC and AAP has been developed taking into account the age range when the child’s immune system will respond best. There is not much research on an alternative vaccination schedule, and whether delaying vaccinations will impact their ability to protect your child or your child’s potential response to the shot.

    Timely Protection from Disease

    Vaccines are timed to protect children before they are most likely to encounter certain diseases, while also protecting the child from all vaccine-preventable diseases as soon as possible. There are over 20 shots recommended within the first two years of life, so it’s important to stick to the vaccination schedule to get them all completed as soon as possible.

    Risks of Delaying Vaccines

    Delaying vaccinations puts your child and others at risk. Deferring or opting out of vaccines leaves a child at risk for diseases that can be difficult and expensive to treat. Under vaccinated children also pose a potential risk for other children, grandparents and pregnant women. While the child may be able to fight off a contracted disease, it may prove deadly for someone with a weakened or compromised immune system.

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