Staying up to date on your child’s vaccines is #1 for their health.
The moment your child is born you may have noticed that they were already getting vaccinated. That’s because vaccines are one of the best ways that the Houston, TX, physicians at Lawndale Medical Clinic have to protect your child from certain diseases. Of course, we also know that parents may have questions or concerns about certain vaccines, and we are always here to provide you with reassurance and peace of mind.
Are vaccines safe?
This is the number one question in most parents’ minds. After all, there are so many news reports and coverage on vaccines that it can be difficult to know what information to trust. It’s important to understand that millions of children each year safely receive vaccinations. In fact, getting immunizations from our Houston, TX, physicians could save a child’s life. And if you are still a bit nervous about them, remind yourself that vaccines have undergone rigorous medical testing by scientists and doctors to make sure that they are safe and effective.
Are there any side effects associated with childhood vaccinations?
Most children will get vaccinated and never experience any side effects from it. If side effects do occur they are usually very mild such as pain, tenderness, or redness where the injection was administered. Serious side effects due to vaccination are very rare, but our pediatricians will always go through your child’s detailed medical history to determine if any vaccinations may not be right for your little one.
Why does my child need to get vaccinated?
There are a host of childhood illnesses out there that have serious and even potentially life-threatening complications such as disability or even death. Some of these diseases that once killed countless children every year can be prevented altogether just by getting your child vaccinated. Along with protecting your child against serious infections such as polio, we can also protect others within your family from contracting this same illness by vaccinating your child.
For example, if you have a newborn in your home, they won’t have all their vaccinations yet. By vaccinating older children, you can prevent the spread of serious infections to members of your family who can’t yet get vaccinated.
By keeping your child up-to-date on their vaccines you can also save a significant amount of time and money. Think about it: Having to pay for repeated medical visits, medications, and treatments to treat or manage conditions that could have been prevented through a simple vaccination can be extremely difficult on your child while also gravely impacting a family emotionally and financially.
No matter whether you have questions about your child’s upcoming visit and immunizations, or you need to schedule their physical, the Houston, TX physicians at Lawndale Medical Clinic are here to help. Schedule an appointment by calling (713) 924-4907.