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  1. 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!

  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. 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.

    Call us today to make an appointment for your child’s vaccinations.

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