We know that there is a lot to think about when it comes to your child’s health. Learn more about vaccinations and how they can help.
Parent wants to protect their children from illnesses. Of course, it’s nearly impossible to protect them enough that they never get sick; however, some viruses seem to show up so rarely that parents often wonder if it’s worth getting their child vaccinated in the first place. Learn more about getting immunizations from our Raleigh, NC pediatricians and why your child should be vaccinated.
Q. What is the purpose of immunizations?
A. Whenever your child gets vaccinated this shot is designed to help the body fight against certain serious or potentially life-threatening illnesses. When the vaccine is injected into the body the weakened or dead form of the disease causes the body to produce antibodies necessary to recognize the virus and start attacking it.
What this means for the long-term is that the body has now been exposed to a non-serious form of the virus, so the body knows how to fight it to prevent your child from getting sick in the future. In essence, a vaccine is designed to help children build immunities to certain viruses.
Q. Will an immunization weaken my child’s immune system?
A. No, getting a vaccine will not weaken the immune system, so you won’t have to worry that once your child gets vaccinated that they will become more susceptible to other diseases while building immunity.
Q. Can an immunization give my child a disease?
A. As we mentioned earlier, immunizations are often made from weakened or inactive forms of a virus. Immunizations such as chickenpox or measles are made from a weakened form of the virus, which could cause your child to experience a milder form of the illness; however, what your child might experience with an immunization is significantly less severe than actually being infected with the full-blown virus.
Q. How often should my child be vaccinated?
A. The first vaccination your child should get will be around 2 months old and continue until your child is at least 18 years old. Keeping up with these vaccines will protect your child from severe illnesses. Talk to our Raleigh children’s doctor about the standard childhood vaccine schedule so that you know when your little one needs to come in.
Here at White Oaks Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC we understand that nothing is more important than the health of your child. We couldn’t agree more. Turn to us for the comforting and compassionate care your little one deserves.