Vaccines save lives. Diseases including polio, diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella and tetanus, once responsible for devastating childhood illness, are now prevented with routine immunization.
While most of these illnesses are now rarely encountered thanks to comprehensive immunizations, the viruses and bacteria that cause them still exist! It is for this reason that ongoing immunization is so critical to the well being the children of today.
We receive occasional inquiries from our patients about the safety of various immunizations. The immunizations given to children are very safe. Any risks associated with immunization are far outweighed by protecting against the dangers of vaccine preventable illnesses.
For more information about the importance of immunizations, please refer to the following article from the American Academy of Pediatrics: Why Immunizations are Important
Comprehensive, frequently updated information on childhood immunizations is available at: AAP Childhood Immunization Information
Every time an immunization is administered, a “Vaccine Information Sheet” is provided. These sheets are produced by the Center for Disease Control. If you would like to review these, you can also view and print them online as well from the CDC Website.
When you come in, feel free to ask for an updated copy of the childhood immunization schedule.
Please also note that due to changing schedules and formulations, the timing of immunizations changes. We strive to keep our practice current by following the most up-to-date guidelines for childhood immunizations.