At Kids First Pediatrics in Raleigh, NC,
we want your child to be as happy and healthy as he or she can be.
That is why we advise that all children receive the proper pediatric immunizations. Most vaccines fully prevent serious and life-threatening infections and diseases. A vaccinated child means more safety and fun at school, sports, camp, and vacation!
Below is a list of the recommended vaccines that we provide here at Kids First Pediatrics.
Every vaccine has a recommended schedule. It is critical to vaccinate your child at the appropriate time-intervals during childhood to ensure that a child’s immune system is up to par as a child socializes in school, after-school programs, or summer activities like sports and camps. All it takes is one non-immunized child to start an outbreak. Immunizations are not just part of infancy! They are necessary throughout childhood, even up until the late teens.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pediatric Immunizations
Who developed the immunization schedule and why?
The pediatric immunization schedule was not actually developed by your child’s pediatrician. It was developed by teams of advanced professionals who work to prevent childhood disease in the U.S. Most pediatricians follow the same guidelines. The schedule takes into account the typical development of a child’s immune system. The immunization schedule is also approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).
Are vaccines safe? Effective?
Yes, vaccines are actually one of the safest ways to prevent disease. Although it is impossible to say that vaccines are guaranteed 100% effective for every child, they are usually 90-99% effective. That’s a high number! For some diseases that cannot be fully prevented, a vaccine can usually lower the severity of symptoms and shorten the time of sickness.
Do vaccines have any correlation with autism or other developmental issues?
No. There is no scientific evidence to link autism and vaccines. The CDC has further information regarding this concern.
Is it still necessary that my child receive vaccines?
The majority of the diseases and types of bacteria or viruses that are prevented with vaccines are still present in modern day society. Many of these diseases are much more common in other countries, and while they are relatively contained, we have no control over travelers who may be carrying bacteria or viruses. Luckily, vaccines have greatly reduced the number of cases of infections. However, it is still necessary that your child get vaccinated in tandem with the recommended schedule, even if most of the other children surrounding your child are vaccinated. There are also some cases where other children are not vaccinated for health reasons (such as an allergic reaction or a weak immune system due to a chronic condition). Vaccinating your child can help protect those other children, too.